Enjoy our stunning bluebell displays

Thursday 20th April 2017

Bluebells at Pound Wood

Now is the time to savour Essex’s wonderful carpets of bluebells – they are expected to reach their peak over the next week or so. Several of our nature reserves provide the perfect habitat for these unmistakable woodland flowers of bending flower stems, heavy with nodding, purple-blue bells. We are holding events to celebrate the bluebell spectacular this weekend and next, as follows:

Sunday 23 April

• Bluebell Day at Pound Wood, Little Haven and Tile Wood nature reserves, centred around St Michael’s Church Hall, Daws Heath, SS7 2UN. Annual celebration of bluebells in the ancient woodland of south Essex. Guided walks, entertainment, children’s activities and more, midday-5pm.

• Bluebell Walk at Hanningfield Reservoir (near Billericay, CM11 1WT) led by Bill Godsafe, Essex Wildlife Trust warden, 2pm-4pm.

Saturday 29 April

• Bluebell Walk from Belfairs Woodland Centre (Leigh-on-Sea, RM4 1QH) led by Ashley Pinnock, Essex Wildlife Trust ranger, 10am-midday.

Sunday 30 April

• Bluebell Walk from Belfairs Woodland Centre (Leigh-on-Sea, RM4 1QH) led by Ashley Pinnock, Essex Wildlife Trust ranger, 10am-midday.

• Bluebell Walk from Bedfords Park Visitor Centre (Romford, RM4 1QH), 1pm-3pm

• Bluebell Walk at Chalkney Wood (Earls Colne, CO6 2LQ), organised by Essex Wildlife Trust’s Colchester Local Group, 2pm-4pm.

For more information about these events, please go to the What’s On section of our website.

There are numerous other Essex Wildlife Trust reserves where bluebells can be seen in all their glory, including: Weeleyhall Wood, in Tendring; Shadwell Wood, near Saffron Walden; and Shut Heath Wood, near Witham. 

The bluebell is one of England most-loved flowers. Their early spring flowering allows the bluebells to make the most of the sunlight that still makes its way to the woodland floor – especially where trees have been coppiced, a traditional woodland management tool that Essex Wildlife Trust carries out on several reserves, to help healthy tree regeneration and to encourage greater diversity of species.