Posted 25th Apr 2017
We're coming up to May and that means bluebells are in full bloom! We take a look at a few facts about some of nature's most beautiful flowers
- Bluebells are an important early flower for a number of pollinating insects, including bees, hoverflies and butterflies. Nectar is hidden within the brightly coloured 'bell' of the flower, and this can act as a lifeline for insects in need.
- Bluebells are a protected species, meaning it is illegal to either pick or disturb them.
- There are two different types of bluebell, a native and non-native species. The non-native is the Spanish bluebell and they differ in a number of ways. The easiest way to differentiate between the two is to look at the colour of the pollen - if it is creamy white, it is native, if it's another colour, it's non-native.
- In folklore, bluebells were known as 'fairy flowers', with the story going that fairies would use bluebells to trap passersby.
We'd love to see your pictures of beautiful bluebells near you! Tweet them to us @LandLoveMag