Wildlife Blog: Bluebells in our Parks

03 May 2021

Spring is in full swing and beautiful English bluebells have begun to carpet our forest floors. While this flower is native to western Europe, the UK is home to about half the world’s population of bluebells. This vibrant wildflower does important work providing food for pollinating woodland insects while also creating a fantastic spectacle throughout our ancient woodlands.

Bluebells are ancient woodland indicators: a beautiful reminder as to how long these areas have been wooded and largely undisturbed as these flowers don’t readily colonise new areas. However, the English bluebell is under threat from the Spanish bluebell- its stronger, non-native cousin. You can help ensure survival of this flower by planting only bulbs of the native variety in your garden and by remaining on marked paths throughout woodlands on your spring walks as they are easily damaged.

You will now be able to spot the bluebells in any of our 3 ancient woodlands: Howe Park Wood, Shenley Wood or Linford Wood.

The video above shows footage of the bluebells in Howe Park Wood in April 2021. 

Discover our parks

  • Howe Park Wood


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    Howe Park Wood is an ancient woodland in the south west of Milton Keynes near Westcroft and Tattenhoe which boasts a rich variety of wildlife and fantastic on site facilities including toilets, a café and a small play area.

  • Shenley Wood


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    Shenley Wood is one of three ancient woodlands in Milton Keynes, a wonderful spot for a quiet walk and to enjoy the abundant wildlife.

  • Linford Wood


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    Enclosed in the year 1264 by Baron Von Pippard, the original owner of the Linford Manor estate, Linford Wood is the largest and oldest of the Trust's three ancient woodlands. Despite its location close to the city centre, Linford Wood provides a tranquil haven for wildlife and people. Find out more about how we manage Linford Wood by clicking here.