When springtime begins, a blanket of bluebells transform Britain’s woodlands into something quite spectacular. When my parents enlightened me that they spotted bluebells on their walk the other day, I was up on my feet and dragging my partner, Mike, along with me to find them.
Although I’ve seen bluebells before, I’ve never laid my eyes on a bluebell forest. As we were walking along the Flitch Way in Essex, a few odd bluebell flowers began to appear and eventually we could see a blanket of intense blue lying under a canopy of trees in the distance. As we got closer, I became mesmerised. The sea of blue was absolutely beautiful. Could this prove that fairytale forests really do exist?
The bluebells in my photos are native bluebells (as opposed to Spanish bluebells). This is because the flower droops rather than standing up right and their petal tips curl back.
These blue flowers are valuable to bees and butterflies as their early flowering means that they are able to offer an early treat of nectar for them.
Many bluebells link back to the ice age where wildwood grew across Britain.
When do they appear?
Bluebells spend most of the year underneath the ground as bulbs and then they flower between April and May so there is not a very large window to see them in.
Where can they be seen?
Bluebells can be found in Western Europe and over half of the world’s population of bluebells grow in the UK. You can find them in vast woodlands, hedgerows and many fields.
Whatever you do, don’t eat them! Beautiful they may be, but bluebells contain a toxic that are poisonous to humans and animals.