A selection of the finest Wildlife Trust sites for springtime displays of bluebells
Avon Wildlife Trust
Prior's Wood - Once part of the Tyntesfield Estate, this wildlife-rich reserve has ancient woodland, streams and plantations.
Folly Farm - A 250-acre nature reserve between Bath and Bristol which offers spectacular views over Chew Valley Lake and the Mendips.
Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)
Bowdown Woods - Sunny glades, patches of heathland and hidden valleys in an ancient woodland near Newbury.
Moor Copse - Associated with Kenneth Grahame's 'Wind in the Willows', Moor Copse is a haven of peace and beauty, renowned for its flowers, butterflies and moths.
Dancersend - A wild but tranquil haven with a rich variety of woodland near Aylesbury.
Finemere Wood - An historic woodland, home to many birds and butterflies, including the magnificent purple emperor.
Rushbeds Wood - Ancient broadleaved woodland bordered by unspoiled meadows, which is one of the few remaining fragments of the Royal Forest of Bernwood, an ancient hunting forest.
Foxholes - A woodland haven famed for its spectacular spring bluebells and abundant bird life (pictured right - photo by Peter Creed).
Sydlings Copse - Tucked away to the north-east of Oxford and packed into a steep valley, Sydlings Copse is a treasure trove for wildlife enthusiasts.
Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust (BCN)
Brampton Wood - A large, ancient woodland near Huntingdon with wild pears and dormice.
Landpark Wood - Complementing the flower-rich grassland of Whipsnade Heath, Landpark Wood offers a tranquil spot to enjoy the sights and sounds of the English countryside.
Gamlingay Wood - No matter when you visit there are joys to discover from the rich perfume and icy hue of bluebells, to the russets and umbers of autumn leaves, hiding the varied colours of fungi.
Hayley Wood - An ancient woodland with an active coppice cycle and a fantastic display of oxlips in the spring.
Hardwick Wood - The Mere Way runs along the western boundary of this wood, the banks of the adjoining ditch providing a haven for cowslips and the rare crested cow-wheat.
Thorpe Wood - An ancient woodland full of wildflowers, an unexpected treasure in an urban setting.
Waresley and Gransden Woods - Fine ancient woodland, carpeted with oxlips, bluebells and violets in the spring.
High Wood - An enchanting ancient woodland and meadows featuring a good variety of wildlife.
Old Sulehay - A fragment of the ancient Rockingham Forest and one of the Trust's largest reserves in Northamptonshire.
Short and Southwick Wood - A beautiful ancient woodland which is carpeted with bluebells in the spring.
Birmingham & Black Country Wildlife Trust
Moseley Bog - The childhood playground of The Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien, who lived nearby. He stated that the site inspired the 'old forest' in his books.
Hill Hook - An outstanding site with a wide variety of habitats ranging from rough grassland, scrub and dry woodland to open water, marsh and alder carr woodland.
Cumbria Wildlife Trust
Dorothy Farrer's Spring Wood - Upland oak Woodland rich in mosses, ferns and liverworts near Windermere.
Devon Wildlife Trust
Andrew's Wood - Once an area of open, boggy moorland, Andrew's Wood is now an established woodland haven for a wonderful collection of ferns, mosses and beautiful wildflowers.
Dunsford - Riverside woodland with open glades. One of the finest displays of Spring daffodils in Britain.
Lady's Wood - Lies on a moderate north facing slope above the Glaze Brook, where the woodland canopy is dominated by oak and ash, while bluebells are abundant on the woodland floor in spring.
Halsdon - The attractions here include open hillside pasture edged by gorse bushes, paths through woodland, riverside meadows and the deserted ruins of a water-mill.
Scanniclift Copse - During spring the woodland floor is covered in blue bells and wild garlic.
Emsworthy Mire - In the late spring the field in front of the barn is dominated by bluebells.
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Mapperley Wood - A narrow belt of woodland with a stream running through it near Ilkeston, which contains some of the county's most vulnerable habitats.
Dorset Wildlife Trust
Powerstock Common - Wildflowers include bluebells, pendulous sedge, bee orchid, rock rose, dyers greenweed & devil's-bit scabious.
Bracketts Coppice - Ancient woodland that slopes down to a small fast-flowing stream with swathes of wood anemones and orchids providing colour to the open areas.
Ashley Wood - Originally part of a large woodland area this ancient hazel & ash coppice has a display of bluebells & wood anemones in early spring.
Durham Wildlife Trust
Baal Hill Wood - A Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) occupying an ancient woodland site which originally extended several kilometres north to
Essex Wildlife Trust
Pound Wood - One of the largest remaining areas of ancient woodland in SE Essex, this reserve has fantastic spring flowers and the Heath Fritillary is flourishing.
Hanningfield Reservoir - The visitor centre is set in mature woodland and has proved a popular bat roost, with a beautiful carpet of Bluebells in the spring.
Weeleyhall Wood - In spring, Bluebells carpet almost half the wood, while yellow archangel and climbing corydalis make a fine display.
Shut Heath Wood - This 50 acre reserve is just below the crest of the Great Totham Ridge and includes 23 acres of ancient woodland forming part of the Chantry Wood complex.
Bedfords Park - Set in the stunning grounds of Bedfords Park, this nature reserve affords fantastic views over London and into Kent.
Lancashire Wildlife Trust
Aughton Woods - A peaceful wood in a remote location near Lancaster. Spring is a colourful time to visit when the Bluebells form a carpet across the woodland floor.
Boilton Wood - Spring sees a wonderful display of bluebells in this ancient woodland sloping down into Lancashire Wildlife Trust’s Brockholes reserve.
Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust
Hambleton Woods - Part of the woods outside the boundary of Rutland Water, which contains a rich diversity of woodland species.
Prior's Coppice - An ancient ash-maple and ash-wych elm woodland, probably a relic of the wildwood which covered all of Leicestershire and Rutland before prehistoric peoples started to clear it.
Launde Big Wood - One of the largest and most important semi-natural ancient woodlands in the East Midlands, which provides magnificent displays in the spring of wood anemone, bluebell, wood-forget-me-not, sweet woodruff, early-purple orchid and primrose.
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Tortoiseshell Wood and Meadows - Traditionall managed woodland near Grantham that is dominated by carpets of bluebell and dog's mercury in Spring.
Dole Wood - A fragment of the formerly extensive primary woodland cover of South Kesteven, of which bluebell, wood anemone and stitchwort are the most abundant species in the ground flora.
Rigsby Wood - An ancient woodland lying partly on chalky Boulder Clay and partly on glacial sands at the edge of the Wolds.
London Wildlife Trust
Sydenham Hill Wood - A unique mix of ancient woodland, Victorian garden plants and recent woodland near Dulwich Park.
Gutteridge Wood - This ancient oak-hazel coppice woodland is carpeted with brilliant bluebells in May, and is a year-long haven for birds and wild flowers.
Norfolk Wildlife Trust
Foxley Wood - Large ancient wood near Norwich, which is exceptionally rich in flora, with over 250 different species recorded.
Lower Wood, Ashwellthorpe - This is a very varied woodland with many tree species, and its 37 hectares include a good network of rides. The wood is especially beautiful in spring with carpets of bluebells, wood anemones and ransoms.
Wayland Wood - Believed to be the site of the ‘Babes in the Wood’ legend, this reserve has oak, ash, birch, hazel and hornbeam, as well as flowers such as yellow archangel, wood anemone, early purple orchid and the rare yellow star of Bethlehem.
Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Goose's Nest Bluebell Bank - This small site lies on a steep bank above the Ray Burn near Knowesgate and possesses a swathe of bluebells forming a magnificent display in late spring.
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
Bunny Wood - An ancient coppiced woodland abundant with dog’s mercury, bluebell, wood anemone, stitchwort and barren strawberry.
Ploughman Wood - Situated on the east-west ridge that runs between Lambley and Woodborough, this wood is carpeted with bluebells in the spring, and honeysuckle occurs throughout, climbing through trees and shrubs.
Radnorshire Wildlife Trust
Gilfach Nature Reserve - 410 acre hill farm near Llandrindod Wells with a mosaic of habitat including traditional hay meadows, rocky outcrops and a wealth of flora and fauna.
Sheffield Wildlife Trust
Moss Valley Woodlands - Rare flora and fauna distinguish this beautiful and ancient woodland, through which the Moss Brook meanders.
Shropshire Wildlife Trust
The Ercall - Little sister to the famous Wrekin, The Ercall has its own grandeur. Ancient oak woodland, spectacular views and more than 500 million years of history can be enjoyed here.
Hope Valley - In late spring bluebells flood the ground, with yellow archangel and early purple orchids also emerging.
The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales
Brynna Woods and Llanharan Marsh – In spring, a fantastic display of bluebells deliver a vibrant color to the reserve’s woodland mixture of ash, oak, willow and hazel.
Castle Woods - A lowland mixed deciduous woodland, with a castle and quarry on the Llandeilo series of Ordovician rock which is of national importance.
Coed y Bwl - Best known as a wild daffodil wood, the yellow of daffodils dominate the southern side of the wood while bluebells paint shades of purple across its northern slopes.
Coed Penglanowen - In the early summer the western end of the reserve is a spectacular carpet of bluebells and locally abundant wood anemone.
Gelli-Hir Wood - Situated on a deep glacial drift over Carboniferous grits and shales. Fallen timber, stumps and rot holes support an abundance of lower plants, fungi, and invertebrates, including some nationally scarce hoverflies.
Kilvrough - Many woodland birds including chiffchaff, treecreeper, willow warbler and great spotted woodpecker flourish in this ancient ash woodland and beech plantation.
Old Warren Hill - A varied woodland covering the top and steep western slopes of Old Warren Hill. Bluebells can be seen in the early summer alongside a large badger sett nestled in the ramparts of the hillfort.
Penderi Cliffs - Nearly 2 km of cliffs are contained within the reserve, containing unique cliff scrub of small-leaved lime and coves.
Pengelli Forest - Part of the largest block of ancient Oak woodland in west Wales. Abundant with bluebells, wood millet, wood anemone, violets and golden saxifrage.
Poor Man’s Wood - A sessile oak woodland with a hazel understory, carpets of bluebell and moss can be admired here.
Taf Fechan - Made up of ancient broadleaved woodlands and calcareous grasslands that are carpeted with wildflowers including bluebells, wild thyme, common spotted orchid and mouse-ear hawkweed.
Somerset Wildlife Trust
Long Wood - The most stunning ancient bluebell wood in the Mendip Hills, dotted with other woodland flowers including orchids, wood anemone and yellow archangel.
Surrey Wildlife Trust
Cucknells Wood - Situated on Weald Clay, this wood has around 70 species of flowering plants, including pignut, bluebell, bugle and foxglove.
Chinthurst Hill - A fine display of bluebells can be seen on Chinthurst Hill in the spring. Watch out for roe deer and, if you are walking at dusk in the summer, you may see bats hunting for insects on the wing.
Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Arger Fen & Spouse's Vale - A woodland habitat of ancient trees and wild flowers near Sudbury.
Bradfield Woods - One of Britain’s finest ancient woodlands and a glorious haven for wildlife.
Captain's Wood - Fallow deer roam through this reserve near Ipswich, one of the greatest expanses of bluebells in the county.
Groton Wood - This ancient woodland is noted for its small-leaved lime coppice, which is an indication that the northern part of the wood has existed since prehistoric times.
Reydon Wood - Early-purple orchid, violet, twayblade, primrose and yellow archangel flourish in this typical Suffolk woodland.
Sussex Wildlife Trust
Selwyn's Wood - A mixture of woodland habitats with heathy glades and streams near Heathfield.
Tees Valley Wildlife Trust
Saltburn Gill - A 52 acre SSSI woodland of the type that would once have covered East Cleveland, with a mixture of oak and ash, and a hazel and holly understorey.
Worcestershire Widlife Trust
Knapp & Papermill - Beautiful reserve near Worcester consisting of old valley meadows, woodland & orchard.
Beacon Wood and the Winsel - A woodland with a great variety of wildlife and beautiful carpets of bluebells each spring.
Chaddesley Woods - Part of an extensive woodland area that can be traced as far back as the early 13th century.
Monkwood - A semi-natural ancient woodland that is renowned for its ground flora & butterfly species.
Tiddesley Wood - A semi-natural ancient woodland with coppice plots that are carpeted with wildflowers in spring – bluebells, wood anemones, violets and cowslips.
Trench Wood - This is an ancient woodland with areas of scrub & coppice, making it ideal for butterflies & warblers.
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
North Cliffe Wood - A lovely woodland nature reserve rich in wildlife. In spring, a lilac haze of bluebells stretches out beneath the vibrant green leaves of birch.
Garbutt Wood - Garbutt Wood is a fantastic woodland site offering spectacular views and is home to many birds and butterflies.
Twentywellsick Wood - Located on a steep slope the ground flora varies from bilberry at the top to other woodland species such as bluebell and wood stitchwort.
Stoneycliffe Wood - Stunning woodland with a meandering beck trickling through - step into Stoneycliffe Wood, a semi-natural ancient woodland site, to enjoy bluebells and ramsons in spring, breeding birds in summer and fungi in autumn.
Hetchell Wood - A mix of woodland, species rich grassland and wet flushes, Hetchell Wood provides a tranquil retreat on the edge of the conurbation of Leeds.