The Woodland Trust has released the resuts of the Big Bluebell watch. They collected 48,200 bluebell records across the UK.
They found that:-
- Native bluebells are going strong. 80% of the bluebells recorded were native. South Yorkshire, Kent and Hampshire recorded the most.
- Spanish bluebell hotspots were as expected. Spanish bluebells were mainly recorded in developed areas, and only 2% of them were recorded in woodlands.
- It’s not always all about woods. 87% of the native bluebells recorded were outside of woodland areas. Road sides, hedgerows and other habitats are clearly important strongholds for bluebells.
What happens next?
Your records will help give scientists and practitioners the clearest picture ever of where bluebells occur in the UK, potentially allow us to monitor the status of the UK’s bluebells over time, and help us make informed decisions on the best management practices for woods in our care.
The map can be seen following this link to the Woodland Trust website
Thanks to all of you who helped with this project.