Bluebells in Derby

Tue 11 May 2021

Discover Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) in Derby, at Chaddesden Wood, Markeaton Park woodland and West Park Meadow

The enchanting and iconic, bluebells are a favourite with the fairies and a sure sign spring is in full swing, with their unmistakable bell-shaped flowers. Most of the year these perennial herbs spend their time underground as bulbs, then they emerge in April, with a bed of sweet smelling violet bells. Blue bells can be also identified by the dropping of the flower head and six petals with up-turned tips. 

A Bluebell wood can be breathtaking, but the plants are sensitive. Native bluebells are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. It's against the law to dig up bulbs in the wild without landowner permission and landowners aren't allowed to dig them up and sell them.

Areas of high footfall can cause entire colonies to die out. Help us to look after them by sticking to paths and avoid treading on or near bluebell plants.

To find out more about Bluebells seen in Debry Parks, join us on Derby Parks Face Book

 

For more information on Bluebell Woods visit the Woodland Trust Website