Have you seen any bluebells?

Bluebells in the borough
Bluebells in the borough

HAVE you come across any bluebells yet?

The Woodland Trust is calling for people across the county to find their nearest wood and record the first appearance of native bluebells, as it tracks the first appearance of the flowers across the country this spring.

The conservation charity is assessing whether the mild winter and short, sharp cold spell in early February is affecting flowering dates.

Just over 50 sightings have been reported to date, almost twice as many as this time last year - with sightings much further north too.

The average flowering date for bluebells in 2011 was April 12, which coincided with the earliest spring recorded this century. This year experts are interested to discover the weather’s effects.

To find a bluebell wood go to VisitWoods.org.uk/bluebells