The Big Bluebell Watch

The Big Bluebell Watch will return this spring and, once again, we need your help to spot the UK's bluebells.

Last year we collected 48,200 bluebell records across the UK and this year we hope to discover even more.

Recording opens on 2 April and will run until 31 May 2018.

To keep up to date with the Big Bluebell Watch, why not sign up to receive our email updates? It’s an easy and cost effective way for us to communicate with you and you’ll always be one of the very first to know what we find.

 

What did we find last year?

  • Native bluebells are going strong. 80% of the bluebells recorded were native. South Yorkshire, Kent and Hampshire recorded the most.
  • Non-native bluebell hotspots were as expected. They were mainly recorded in developed areas, and only 2% of them were recorded in woodlands.
  • It’s not always all about woods. 87% of the native bluebells recorded were outside of woodland areas. Road sides, hedgerows and other habitats are clearly important strongholds for bluebells.

What happens to these results?

Your records gave the clearest picture to date of where bluebells occur in the UK, potentially allow us to monitor the status of the UK’s bluebells over time, and helping us make informed decisions on the best management practices for woods.

The data was used by a variety of organisations and scientists to support their work and was downloaded over 150 times.

What else can you do to help?

Prevent the spread of non-native bluebells. Never introduce, translocate or fly-tip plants from your garden to the wild.

Never pull up bluebells in the wild, even if you suspect they are non-native. Native bluebells are protected by law. It can be difficult to be confident that you’ve found a non-native as they may look similar. Please leave any practical action to experts.

Avoid trampling. Enjoy bluebells and woods responsibly. Take care to stay on footpaths, keep dogs under control and clear up after them, and take litter home.

Be part of something bigger. Support us and help us create, protect and restore habitat for bluebells.

Bluebell sightings in 2017

Thanks to all your recordings and enthusiasm, our bluebell map has been filling up a little faster than expected. If the map loads slowly for you, please bear with us and check again later.

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