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Bluebells carpet Pentire Head

Bluebells at the National Trust’s Pentire Head, near Polzeath Credit: Mike Simmonds

The bluebells at the National Trust’s Pentire Head, near Polzeath, are in full bloom.

Bluebells, more often associated with woodland, are also common on unimproved grasslands that haven’t been ploughed, reseeded or fertilised.

In the warm, moist climate of the south west, bluebells can thrive too on the more sheltered aspects of the cliffs.

Bluebells at the National Trust’s Pentire Head, near Polzeath Credit: Mike Simmonds

These carpets of bluebells have fairly recently become a regular feature at Pentire Head.

Of course there are dozens more different species of flower starting to bloom on the coast – for example spring squill, kidney vetch, sea campion and birds-foot trefoil.

– Mike Simmonds, Lead Ranger for the area