May 14 2021

Bluebells in Scotland keeping us waiting this year!

Woodland Trust Scotland predicts peak bluebell time will be the last week in May…later than usual, because of the cold weather. 

 

Bluebells are one of Scotland’s big natural spectacles and an ideal occasion to dust ourselves off from difficult times and give ourselves a mental health boost.

 

 

Bluebell woods are breathtaking to visit, but bluebells are sensitive plants and trampling can really leave its mark. Bluebell bulbs are easily damaged by trampling so they can’t produce enough energy to flower and reproduce in future years. Areas of high footfall can even cause entire colonies to die out. We need people to help us to look after them by sticking to paths and avoid treading on or near bluebell plants.

 

 

At Kinclaven Bluebell Wood the volunteer Woodland Working Group and staff have set up a rota to be on hand in the woods to support visitors in enjoying the bluebells in a sustainable way.  We will have temporary signs, leaflets to hand out and a bluebell banner, as well as Woodland Working Group volunteers marshalling the car park.  Our Membership Development Officers will be in attendance in a marquee and will be sharing positive messages about how we manage the wood as a whole.  

We even have “Instragram spots”, where we have placed signs near a few fallen logs that we suggest are good places for family photos with a bluebell backdrop!

 

 

You can read more about some of our other bluebell woods in this article about the Top Five Woodland Trust Scotland Woods for Bluebells:  https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/things-to-do/woods-through-the-seasons/spring/best-bluebell-woods/bluebell-woods-in-scotland/

 

One of those is Dunollie Wood in Oban, which is where all the images in this article were taken, when I visited soon after we had acquired this stunning site.

 

Make sure you get out into bluebells if you can and breathe in deeply….there’s no better wildflower smell in my opinion!

 

Matilda Scharsach

Scotland Volunteering Development Officer

 

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