Wild East Devon April newsletter - Bluebell Week special edition

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Celebrating Spring with Bluebell Week

Welcome to the special Bluebell Week edition of our newsletter, gearing up for our spring celebration event running from Monday 26 April to Sunday 2 May.

Bluebell Week

Our annual Bluebell Day has to be done differently this year so we’re launching a district-wide week of activities, events, videos and conversations celebrating spring in our local area.

We'll be putting on guided tours of our best spring wildlife-filled nature reserves as well as some family spring crafts sessions to encourage the whole family to get outdoors and creative with our rangers and our friends at the Axe Vale & District Conservation Society.

Due to ongoing covid restrictions you might not be able to visit our reserves, so we’re making sure that you can follow Bluebell Week safely from your own home with a series of online videos and competitions from our rangers that means you can fully experience our activities wherever you are.

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Schools work & Spring crafts

schools with Wild East Devon

Throughout Bluebell Week, Wild East Devon Rangers will be working with pupils from schools in Exmouth and Colyton. Children will explore wild spaces near to their school and learn about signs of spring through hands-on games and activities. Families can book fun, outdoor sessions of spring-themed craft and wildlife activities.

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Volunteering during Bluebell Week


For Bluebell Week, together with East Devon Conservation Volunteers group, we will be feasting our eyes on extensive stands of bluebells all throughout this ancient woodland, along with numerous other beautiful springtime arrivals such as ramsons (wild garlic), stitchwort, red campion and yellow archangel, amongst others. 

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The joy of Spring

joy of Spring

Bluebells, wildflowers and their traditional uses

Wood Sorrel

From cake decoration to wound dressings, woodland plants have been used for a multitude of purposes over the years.

Traditional spring Simnel cakes were often topped with sugared primrose flowers as a decoration, the flowers being perfectly edible with little in the way of flavour but a vivid splash of post-winter colour.

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