Monday 15 April 2013
The weeks of cold weather in early spring mean that the Chilterns' bluebells are very delayed. It is highly unlikely that there will be carpets of bluebells in local woods before May, and peak flowering could be around mid-May, which is 2-3 weeks later than normal.
Last year warm weather in March brought the bluebells on fast and by mid April the woods were awash with blue, but the situation is very different this year. Many spring events, such as the return of migrant birds, have been delayed.
However, a late spring is not necessarily bad news, as Matthow Oates, a naturalist with the National Trust, commented:
“The true beauty of our bluebells – the colour, the scent, the view – makes them an essential and special element to our springtime experience.”
“Make no mistake, spring is going to happen and it maybe all the better for the wait. What’s interesting is that there is a really good link between late springs and very good summers, and we are due – overdue – a very good summer.”
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