In Pictures: Bluebells bloom for woodland walkers

Anyone lucky enough to be able to take their daily exercise in woodland could be greeted this week by the spring arrival of bluebells.

The perennial plant is found from north-west Spain to the UK and Ireland and its delicate blue flowers have already been spotted across the South East. Here they are pictured in early morning light at Micheldever wood in Hampshire.

Spring weather Apr 15th 2020
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Spring weather Apr 15th 2020
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Spring weather Apr 15th 2020
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Earlier in the week, walkers could enjoy the floral carpets in Wanstead Park in north-east London as it put on its own show of bluebells.

Coronavirus – Mon Apr 13, 2020
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Coronavirus – Mon Apr 13, 2020
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Spring weather Apr 15th 2020
(Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Even as the sun rose, the Micheldever wood provided restful scenes to those venturing out early.

Spring weather Apr 15th 2020
(Andrew Matthews (PA)
Spring weather Apr 15th 2020
(Andrew Matthews (PA)

Meanwhile, there was an eye-catching moment in Northumberland where the Coquet Lighthouse on Coquet Island, a protected RSPB reserve, off the coast of Amble, provided a stark contrast to the rising sun.

Spring weather Apr 15th 2020
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Spring weather Apr 15th 2020
(Owen Humphreys/PA)
Spring weather Apr 15th 2020
(Owen Humphreys/PA)
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