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Best Time to See Bluebells

Bluebell Quality Index

Good timing is essential when trying to catch bluebells at their peak. Best views are at the end of the flowering season in April/May but only a week separates stunning carpets of blue from the disappointing fading green of setting seeds.

The video above shows what you might see during the bluebell flowering season. The graph on the right shows how bluebell quality (i.e. density of the blue flowers) varies with time. This clearly indicates that the best time to see bluebells is the last week in April or the first week in May. While you will see a few bluebells in the first two weeks in April you are far more likely to get a good show in the second half of the month. Bluebell quality rapidly declines after the first week in May and within the space of a week the bluebells will suddenly disappear.

The timelapse was taken in Ashplats Wood, East Grinstead, West Sussex, UK (close to the Bluebell Railway) during 2016. This followed a typically mild winter in the south of England. Bluebells will flower slightly later after a cold winter or at latitudes further north.