Monday 17 May 2004
The woods at Whipsnade Wild Animal Park have a beautiful splash of colour this spring with the bluebells coming into bloom
Bluebell Wood is found by the European grey wolves, comes into flower later than average due to the slightly colder climate on the Downs at Whipsnade.
Visitors to the Park might be lucky enough to see one of the free roaming animals like the wallaby or mara peering out of a blue sea.
There are three species of bluebells that can be found in the UK, but only one is native to this country. Spanish bluebells can also be found in parts of the country as well as a hybrid of the two.
Beautiful Bluebell Wood
Bluebells are becoming endangered, not only due to cross breeding but also habitat loss, climate change and unsustainable collection by people. In order to make sure that future generations can enjoy the beauty of bluebells, it is important not to pick them and if you choose to plant them in your garden, make sure you plant bulb which are the native bluebell; hyacinthoides non-scripta and not the Spanish bluebell hyacinthoides hispanica.