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Bluebells at Blackwood Forest

Experience a bluebell walk in Hampshire

Wondering where to find the best bluebell woods in the UK? Our Blackwood Forest location is set within a 270-hectare beech wood which is carpeted in bluebells during the spring.

Whether you fancy a leisurely stroll through the forest or an afternoon of nature watching with all the family, bluebell walks are an activity everyone can enjoy.

Explore the bluebell woods with our Forest Rangers  

We don’t like to keep our best spots a secret which is why our Forest Rangers are always on hand to guide you around our locations. We spoke to our Forest Ranger, David Read, at Blackwood Forest to find out how you can make the most of a bluebell walk. Just in time for spring.

David says: "The bluebells are at their peak in spring and at Blackwood Forest, the forest floor can often feel like a sea of shimmering blue. Our country is home to over half of the world’s bluebells which is why many of us have a special connection with them."

"Seeing bluebells is reminiscent of ancient and deciduous woodland and they’re actually nicknamed 'fairy flowers' which gives them a magical connotation. Bluebell walks at Blackwood Forest are definitely one of our most popular spring activities."

Bluebells at Blackwood Forest in Hampshire

How to find bluebells in spring

Bluebell woods can be discovered across the UK but the one at Blackwood Forest has a reputation for being particularly abundant. 

David says: "Bluebells are commonly found beneath beech trees - such as those in Blackwood Forest. Their young shoots can penetrate the thick layer of beech leaf litter and they can flower and pollinate before the dense beech canopy closes off the light. This explains their brief appearance at the end of April and into May, flowering before the tree buds burst into leaf."

Bluebells at Blackwood Forest

Understanding the bluebell species

At Blackwood Forest you’ll be able to see different types of bluebells. Our Forest Rangers are usually around to help you identify them but David has a few pointers.

He says: "British bluebells are a vibrant violet-blue colour with gently nodding flowers branching out from one side of the main stem. The petals curve back on themselves and the pollen is white."

"Spanish bluebells are paler flowers which radiate from both sides of the upright stem. The petals are less curved and the pollen is blue. While they do threaten our native bluebells they’re beautiful in their own way. But I often describe them as a pale imitation of their British cousin."

Spanish bluebell in Hampshire

The importance of bluebells in the forest

Heading out on a walk in a bluebell wood isn’t just about absorbing the beauty of bluebells. You’ll also be able to feast your eyes on all the wildlife waking up after their winter sleep.

David says: "Bluebells attract wildlife and you’ll often see bees ‘stealing’ pollen from them by biting a hole in the bottom of the bell and taking the nectar without pollinating the flower. I think of bluebells as one of nature’s miracles. In the process of survival and growth they provide us with a natural spectacle to fill us with awe and delight."

Native English bluebells

See the bluebells at Blackwood Forest

A short getaway in spring is the perfect way to recharge and connect with nature at the start of a new season and with a blanket of bluebells waiting for you at Blackwood Forest there’s no better time to book your woodland cabin break! 

Save 15% this March, April and May with code BLUEBELL Don't forget to snap plenty of photos so we can share them on social media.

Bluebells at Blackwood Forest in Hampshire