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A sea of bluebells : The woods at Bentley looking magnificent at the weekend for Spring into Nature 2012

The sun is out at last and as our special two-day celebration of wildlife and wildfowl comes to an end, we start to get ready to host Elderflower Fields next weekend. Phew!

Everything is looking lush and green across Bentley estate and the camping fields are looking great. It’s your last chance to buy tickets for the festival this week as you can’t buy them on the gate (and there are less than 50 weekend tickets left).

There’s going to be great live music, loads of sports to try, activities for kids, a pub in the woods, a silent disco, woodland healing huts, plenty of tea & cake, a huge picnic and much more. And best of all, the weather man says it’s going to be sunny and warm. We’ll be tweeting from around the festival and will post lots of great photos here on the blog next week. The rest of the Bentley estate, wildfowl reserve, house and motor museum will still be open to visitors as normal over the weekend (though there won’t be access to the woods).

Here are some photos from Spring into Nature 2012 for those who missed a fantastic weekend here at Bentley:

Sussex beekeepers had a wonderful display of honey, bee hives, wax and honeycomb.

Some amazing creatures amongst the bluebells in the woods.

The ponds, trees, fields, woods and willow her at Bentley were all looking particularly beautiful this weekend.

A poplar hawk-moth : found in the intriguing Bentley “Robinson Mercury Vapour trap” at the weekend

Beautiful Mandarin ducklings, just 2 weeks old, being kept warm and safe in the brooding tanks at Bentley Wildfowl Reserve

Rare breed Ouessant sheep and lambs checking out the visitors

Miniature train and landscape set up by Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance to illustrate dangers which face local wildlife