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Because of the prolonged and cold winter and a late spring, Bluebells have been late in flowering in Scotland, but I found this little patch of them in the woods near New Lanark.

The native British Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) is a protected species in the United Kingdom under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Landowners are prohibited from removing common bluebells on their land for sale and it is a criminal offence to remove the bulbs of wild common bluebells. This legislation was strengthened in 1998 under Schedule 8 of the Act making any trade in wild common bluebell bulbs or seeds an offence, punishable by fines of up to £5000 per bulb! However, the species is not protected in the Republic of Ireland.

H. non-scripta differs from H. hispanica, which occurs as an introduced species in the British Isles, the flowers of the latter being paler in colour and the flowers more open and with less parallel sides.

In the workshop you can see a closer view of the native British Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta), this specimen photographed in our own back garden!

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