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Blog Words : Insider Secrets | 27 February

This year's best UK bluebell woods revealed

With the UK's bluebell season expected to start early this year, the Woodland Trust list the woods that promise the most spectacular show

Chapter Woods (Woodlands Trust)

1. Shaptor Woods, Bovey Tracey, Devon

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

Costello Wood (Woodland Trust)

Costells Woods, Scaynes Hill, Sussex

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

3. Sea Wood, Ulverston, Cumbria

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

Wariness Wood (Woodland Trust)

4. Warriners Wood, Kendal, Cumbria

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

Tattersall Woods (Woodland Trust)

5. Tattershall Carrs, Tattershall, Lincolnshire

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 Wood (Woodland Trust)

6. Clanger & Picket Woods; Westbury, Wiltshire

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 Wood (Woodlands Trust)

7. Killaloo Wood, Londonderry, Northern Ireland

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

Green Castle Wood (Woodlands Trust)

8. Green Castle Woods, Llangain, Carmarthen, Wales

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

9. Balmacaan, Drumnadrochit, Scotland

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

More bluebells

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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


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