50% of the global population of bluebells is found in the UK. These delicate blue flowers are a familiar but fleeting sight in many British woodlands. They grow in large colonies and their sweet scent can fill the air on a spring morning. While the first bluebells may flower there in late March, the best time to see them is towards the end of their flowering period in April and May.
Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) are a protected species, so it is illegal to pick or dig them up. Spanish bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica) are not a UK native species but are able to hybridise (Hyacinthoides x massartiana) with UK native bluebells. If you are struggling to distinguish the two varieties, Spanish bluebells are larger and unscented.