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Bluebell walks and fresh Spring air

Posted: Monday 18th April 2016 by Community

Siccaridge Wood nature reserve (c) Emma BradshawSiccaridge Wood nature reserve

Leaves are bursting forth from sleeping trees, and woodland plants are rushing to flower before the canopy closes in - so now's a great time to go for a stroll, enjoy the spring sunshine and wake up that woolly winter head.

Fancy getting out and about and enjoying the sea of blue bursting forth, we've put together this short list of great places around the county for viewing bluebells this spring.

Find a bluebell walk near you:


What's the difference between Spanish and native bluebells?

Native bluebell (Hyancinthoides non-scripta)

Spanish bluebell (Hyancinthoides hispanica)
Native bluebell (c) Neil Aldridge Spanish bluebell (c) Christina Catlin-Groves
Deep violet-blue. A genetic mutation occasionally causes white flowers. Pale to mid-blue, can be white or pink.
Tends to delicately droop or nod over to one side. The flower stem tends to be relatively straight and upright.
Usually has flowers hanging down one side of the stem. Usually equally around the stem, with flowers sticking out 
Narrow flowers with straight sided bells. Wide, open, almost cone shaped flowers.
Tips of the petals roll back on themselves. Tips flare outwards but don’t roll back on themselves.
Strong scent. Little or no scent.
Pale cream coloured pollen. Deep-blue coloured pollen.
Narrow leaved (7-25mm). Broad leaved (up to 35mm).

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