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Bluebell Watch in Bedfordshire wood
Bedfordshire bluebells are standing up and being counted.

Bedfordshire bluebells are being counted as part of a Wildlife Trust project.

Bluebell Watch will see how many of the pretty flowers spring up in King's Wood and Rammamere Heath.

The results will be compared to other nature reserves in Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.

April and May are the best months to see a carpet of blue but the number and intensity of the blooms varies from year to year, according to the weather.

Bluebells spring up in King's Wood.

The initiative will list the top six Wildlife Trust bluebell woods in the region and monitor the progress of the sweetly scented flower.

To claim the title, Bedfordshire's King's Wood and Rammamere Heath will go up against reserves in Cambridgeshire, including Waresley and Gransden Wood, Lady's Wood and Thorpe Wood.

Northampton's High Wood and Short Wood and Southwick Wood will also be looked at.

Suitable conditions

If the lavender-blue, tubular flowers have not sprung up in a wood near you for years, worry not!

The black seeds can survive for long periods in the soil and can emerge after several years of absence if suitable conditions recur.

Another place in the three counties to spot bluebells, especially in May is Gobions Wood in Potters Bar.

Why not try one of the walks around this Hertfordshire wood.

Bluebell Walk Gobions Wood

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