Celebrate the county’s woodland

A special two-day spectacle is taking place this month to celebrate the country’s woodland areas.

Northumberland Wildlife Trust is joining forces with the other 46 members of The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts for the event on April 25 and 26.

The annual Woodland Wildlife Weekend will celebrate all things woodland, tying in with popular bluebells bursting into colour to mark the start of spring.

The wildlife charity is encouraging everybody to walk through one of its woodland reserves during Woodland Wildlife Weekend to experience, not just bluebells but orange-tip butterflies, red campion, chiffchaffs and blackcaps - all of which are treasured signs of spring in the UK.

Duncan Hutt, head of land at Northumberland Wildlife Trust, said: “Bluebell carpets alone are one the UK’s most special wildlife spectacles and they come hand in hand with a profusion of other spring wildflowers such as wood anemones, ramsons and celandine, along with busy birds building nests and forming partnership bonds; together they make a spring trip to a woodland nature reserve the ideal way to take time out, reflect on nature’s beauty and appreciate what our natural environment has to offer.”

Visit www.nwt.org.uk/naturereserves for more details on the trust’s reserves.