Posted: Wednesday 5th April 2017 by Community
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.
Check out our top five places to see bluebells in Gloucestershire!
Find a bluebell walk near you:
- Lower Woods, near Wickwar
- Siccaridge, near Stroud
- Collin Park Wood near Newent
- Buckholt woods National Nature Reserve (NNR)
- Randwick Woods
- Woorgreens nature reserve, Forest of Dean
What's the difference between Spanish and native bluebells?
Native bluebell (Hyancinthoides non-scripta)
|Spanish bluebell (Hyancinthoides hispanica)|
|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).|
Know of a great bluebell walk near you?
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