As spring gets into its stride, one of our most breathtaking natural spectacles is unfolding within ancient woodlands across the UK, with bluebells bursting into colour. Throughout April and May woodland rides and glades where bluebell bulbs have lain dormant for months are lit up with sapphire.
To help people enjoy this magical display, the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust is holding three special open days on woodland nature reserves.
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust Bluebell Woodland Open Days
Sunday 17 April - Dole Wood Open Day
10.30am – 4.30pm
Guided walks and activities for children.
Trust sales, refreshments, excellent homemade produce and locally grown plants will be on sale.
Location: south-west of the village of Thurlby, 2.5 miles south of Bourne.
Grid ref: TF 094161
With Bourne Area Group
Sunday 17 April – Tortoiseshell Wood Open Day
2.30pm – 4pm
Tea, coffee and light refreshments.
Location: Take the Castle Bytham road from the A1, 3 miles south of Colsterworth. The reserve entrance is on the north side of the road, 1 mile from the A1.
Grid ref: SK 963197
With Grantham Area Group
Sunday 1 May – Rigsby Wood Open Day
10am - 4pm
Location: 1.8 miles west of Alford. Turn north towards South Thoresby at the Miles Cross Hill crossroads on the A1104. Grid ref: TF 421761
With the Alford and Mablethorpe Area Group
Rachel Shaw, PR Officer for the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust said: "Strolling through a woodland amongst carpets of bluebells and swathes of celandines, wood anemones and wild garlic is the epitome of springtime. It’s the ideal way to take time out, reflect on nature’s beauty and appreciate what a healthy natural environment has to offer. The flowers are exploiting the brief moment in time when sunlight drenches the woodland floor and before the trees have fully unfurled their leaves and cast their shade."
With these woodland open days and 2,300 nature reserves around the UK, The Wildlife Trusts can offer plenty of places to appreciate the wonders of spring. To search for your nearest reserve by postcode visit The Wildlife Trusts website or VisitWoods a new interactive website showcasing the UK’s woodlands and featuring up to 14,000 woods belonging to The Wildlife Trusts, Woodland Trust, National Trust, Forestry Commission and RSPB. The site includes searchable maps, inspiring ideas, free activities and space to upload photos and tips. Share experiences of bluebell woodlands at www.visitwoods.org.uk. This website is made possible by £1.2m of funding as part of Natural England's Access to Nature programme, funded by the Big Lottery Fund.