blue bell

Common name
Bluebell

Latin name
Hyacinthoides non-scripta

Category
Wildflowers

Statistics
Height: up to 50cm

Conservation status
Protected in the UK under Schedule 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981.

Beautiful bluebells

Bluebells at Captain's Wood by Steve AylwardBluebells at Captain's Wood by Steve Aylward

We will update this page as the bluebells come into flower at our reserves - last updated 1st May 2017

It's that time of year again - head to the woods and soak up the colour...

The bluebell is arguably the nation’s favourite flower and the UK is home to 50% of the global bluebell population.

While thought of as a woodland plant, bluebells are frequently found on verges and under hedges, a legacy of the days when Suffolk was far more wooded. Bluebells generally prefer lighter soils and are most abundant in the south and east of the county, but they can also be found elsewhere on clay soils that don’t become waterlogged. However, the bluebell is almost completely absent from the Brecks despite the sandy soil.

The best Trust nature reserves to see bluebells (usually in April and May) are:

Bluebells in Arger Fen Bradfield Woods bluebells

Arger Fen & Spouse's Vale 

We expect them to be at their best on the following weekends: 29th & 30th April and 1st, 6th & 7th May

Bradfield Woods

We expect them to be at their best on the following weekend: 29th & 30th April and 1st May

Captain's Wood bluebells Groton Wood bluebells

 Captain's Wood 

The bluebells are expected to be at their best on the following weekend: 19th & 20th May

Please note we are offering an overflow car park for this weekend - see map

Groton Wood

We expect them to be at their best on the following weekend: 29th & 30th April and 1st May

 

We try and keep our bluebell information as up to date as possible. The season is over quickly however, so do let us know from your visits if the situation has changed.

When visiting the bluebell woods please park sensibly and we would suggest arriving early or making the most of the lighter evenings to enjoy the displays.
 

Reydon Wood

We expect them to be at their best on the following weekend: 29th & 30th April and 1st May

 

 

We'd love to see your photographs of bluebells - you can add them to our Facebook page or tag us @suffolkwildlife on Twitter

 

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Bluebell factsheet