The best places for bluebells on the Isle of Wight

Taking a stroll in the spring sunshine is a wonderful way to spend a few hours. But spotting the drifts of blue that coat the downs and woods at the end of April and beginning of May, makes it even more special. Whether they’re hidden amongst the trees or high on the downs, bluebells are always a welcome sight, and our countryside on the Isle of Wight has some of the best places to see them.

Bluebells against the base of an oak tree in Borthwood Copse.

By the end of April, the woodland floor of Borthwood turns into a carpet of blue, and a delicate scent fills the air. Nestled amongst the trunks of the ancient oaks and beeches, and lining the footpaths, you’ll find hundreds of native bluebells for you to carefully tiptoe through.

A sloping field covered in bluebells on Ventnor Downs

It’s not just deep in the shady woods that bluebells blossom. High above Ventnor, they can be found dancing in the breeze along the downs. The warmth provided by the bracken helps them survive winter and then blossom once spring arrives.

Bluebells in May near the base of the Hoy Monument

Head along the ridge from St Catherine’s Oratory towards Hoy Monument, and you’ll come across swathes of wild bluebells covering the downs. Just as on Ventnor, the bracken ensures that they stay warm through winter. And we manage our countryside carefully, in order to create the best conditions for them to thrive.

Bluebells under a tree trunk in Mottistone Gardens

Mottistone Gardens, Isle of Wight 

Hidden away at the very rear of Mottistone Gardens is an area known as Shearn Place. Nestled beneath the downs above and crisscrossed with footpaths, this wooded area comes alive in May with bluebells.

Woodland bluebells

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Chiltern Bluebells

Please help look after the bluebells 

'Bluebells are my most favourite sign of spring. They are beautiful yet so fragile. There's something really lovely about helping to protect them, because they do need our help' - Crispin Scott, Wildlife & Countryside Adviser.
By sticking to the paths you are protecting the native British bluebell so it will flower next year and for years to come.