There are few things lovelier than taking a walk through a carpet of gorgeous bluebells in dappled sunlight. We’re really lucky here in St Ives, that we have some gorgeous walks and carpets of purple right on our doorstep, and now is the perfect time to catch the bluebells at their best.
Lady’s Wood Huntingdon
Ladies Wood is a beautiful ancient woodland filled with plants and wildlife, and its really at its best in springtime, with sprawling bluebell displays as well as lesser celandine, greater stitchwort and dog’s mercury.
For budding naturalists, the trees felled in 1951 which now form part of the landscape provide excellent homes for insects and other wildlife, and it’s also a bird watcher’s dream with many, species being recorded including tawny owls and three different species of woodpecker!
It’s open all year round, and there’s no entry fee – although now really is the perfect time to visit. Your four-legged friends are more than welcome to enjoy the wander as well, although they need to be kept on leads.
There is a car park a short distance away from the entrance, and there’s no entry fee – the perfect place to wander amongst spring beauty.
For more information about directions and accessibility please visit: www.wildlifebcn.org/nature-reserves/ladys-wood
Brampton Wood is Cambridgeshire’s second largest wood and is over 900 years old! It boasts free entry and a small car park, and dogs are welcome as long as they are kept on the lead.
Once again it’s open all year round and boasts spectacular displays of autumnal colour as well as springtime gorgeousness.
With over two miles of wide pathways, Brampton wood is the perfect location for intrepid explorers. Coppiced areas provide the perfect habitat for dormice, and the ongoing restoration work also ensures habitat for species such as fieldfare, redwing, great spotted woodpecker, spotted flycatcher, song thrush, glow worm; as well as providing the ideal conditions for bluebells and other wildflowers to flourish!
For more information about Brampton Wood, please visit and the restoration work going on there, please visit: www.wildlifebcn.org/brampton-wood