Walking through bluebells off limits in park

New signs erected close to the carpets of bluebells in Killarney National Park.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

POPULAR photographs of children posing in fields of bluebells on their First Holy Communion Day are to become a thing of the past in Killarney where the National Parks and Wildlife Service has implemented a crackdown.

Signs have been erected in Killarney National People asking people not to walk on the bluebells which create one of the most beautiful sights in local woodlands from April each year.

Bluebell fields, which spread a hazy, blue carpet under trees and over grassy banks, are now off limits for amateur and professional photographers unless the images can be taken from a distance.

There is a spectacular carpet of the native flowers along the main road from Killarney to Muckross Gardens and again within the national park at Knockreer but photographs of little girls and boys crouching or strolling amongst the bluebell spreads will now become a thing of the past.

A tourist attraction in their own right, bluebells are perennial bulbous herbs with flowering stems to about 50cm tall. They spend most of the year as bulbs underground and emerge to flower from April onwards.

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