Mainly found on ancient woodland, bluebell woods in full bloom are a wondrous sight. Violet-blue flowers blanket the earth in Heartwood Forest, Hertfordshire, as sunlight floods through the great trees above. It’s easy to see why bluebell woods are so intrinsically linked with fairies and magic.

Bluebells are a protected species in the UK, which is home to up to 50% of the world’s population. Heartwood Forest is also home to many species of butterfly. I saw this European Peacock on a path near the glade.


This Forest is protected by the Woodland Trust.