With the UK's bluebell season expected to start early this year, the Woodland Trust list the woods that promise the most spectacular show
This is a large expanse of woodland made up from a series of ancient woodland sites. There are two public rights of way and a path leading onto Shaptor Rocks where you can enjoy magnificent views across the local landscape. More information
Costells Wood is a site of ancient woodland and has been designated an area of wildlife importance. Several small ponds are found in the site, alongside an extensive path network. More information
Visit both a wood and the seaside! Sea Wood stands against the northwest shore of Morecambe Bay and is edged by the shingle beach of Ulverston Sands. At one time large oak timbers from the site were floated at high tide to ship builders in Ulverston. More information
Well known for its spring colour and range of wildlife, this mixed woodland of ash, sycamore and hazel is well worth a visit. More information
Tattershall Carrs forms the last remaining remnants of ancient, wet, alder-dominated woodland that once ringed the margins of the Fens. It also boasts a fascinating history – the wood was part of RAF Woodhall Spa during the Second World War, and was home to the famous 617 ‘Dambusters’ squadron. More information
Clanger, Picket and Round Woods have been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the varied butterfly and moth populations. Many paths lead into cleared glades where bluebells thrive in spring. More information
Killaloo sits within the beautiful valley of the River Faughan, just a mile upstream from Oaks Wood. There are some spectacular oaks, possibly explaining why the rare purple hairstreak butterfly, which is confined to oak wood, has been spotted here. In addition to our well-loved bluebell, keep a look out for some other woodland beauties.
Plants such as wood anemone, wood sorrel and wild garlic adorn the ancient woodland; while birds include the sparrowhawk, jay and kingfisher. Paths on the site have recently been upgraded. More information
This mix of ancient and newly created woodlands, botanically rich meadows and hedgerows provides a haven for wildlife. The Carmarthenshire Coast Long Distance Footpath is routed through the site and fine views can be had over the Afon Tywi and towards Carmarthen. More information
This woodland is part of a major concentration of ancient woodlands along Loch Ness. It boasts some of the largest specimens of Wellingtonia, Lawson's cypress and Douglas fir in Britain. A series of waymarked walks lead you through the site. More information
This year the Woodland Trust is also launching a new walking trail through 25 of its woods that uses a downloadable app. Two woodland dwellers will lead families through the wood on a trail with activities and challenges.
Find out more about the Trust’s bluebell woods at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk
Main image: Bluebell Wood in England (Shutterstock.com)
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