A Magical Springtime Adventure 19 April 2017
A magical springtime adventure, with Blue and Belle
The Woodland Trust invites families to experience a magical bluebell adventure at Prehen Wood in Derry/Londonderry.
Two woodland fairies, Blue and Belle, will lead explorers through this beautiful ancient woodland on an important mission: to save the bluebells from Big Old Foot, a clumsy giant.
The characters are brought to life via an app, which is designed for children and uses the latest technology. Simply download the app and let the fairy tale begin.
Trail markers are temporarily positioned, up until 21 May, throughout Prehen Wood. Point a phone or tablet at each marker; watch Blue and Belle come to life on the screen; and get ready to help them with their challenge.
Rosie Irwin is the Woodland Trust’s site manager and says: “This spring brings an unmissable opportunity for families at Prehen Wood. Young minds will be transported on a magical journey thanks to two woodland fairies, Blue and Belle, who must stop the giant from trampling the wildflowers.
“And aside from the brilliant adventure on offer thanks to technology, our woods and countryside really are bursting into life right now, with bluebells and hawthorn about to flower. Prehen Wood, right on the doorstep of the city, is one of our most striking bluebell woods. So, while the kids keep an eye on Blue and Belle, adults can enjoy the real thing. ”
Native bluebells are bouncing back – a quintessential sign of spring and a natural remedy to shake off the winter blues. Often found in ancient woodland, they usually make their debut around mid–April, depending upon region and the amount of sunlight reaching the woodland floor.
Reports are now suggesting a glimmer of blue across the country, and the Woodland Trust is calling for the Northern Ireland public to record sightings of flowering bluebells as part of its Nature’s Calendar survey.
Eagle–eyed observers are asked to go one step further: to identify if they’ve spotted the native beauty or the non–native Spanish variety. To join the Big Bluebell Watch, and get simple identification tips, head to http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk
Those in search of fairies, and further information on Prehen Wood, should download the bluebell app at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/familytrail
No booking is required. Please wear sturdy footwear. All children must be accompanied by an adult.