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The Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) is a familiar sight in our woodlands and grassy banks during the spring. They grow from bulbs, with the leaves emerging shortly before the violet-blue scented flowers. They are an important plant and an indicator of ancient woodlands.

They are also known as auld mans bells, ring-o-bells and wood bells.

Medicinal uses of the bulb include diuretic and styptic properties, this is because the bulbs contain toxic substances, they were a popular source of glue for bookbinding.

The Spanish Bluebell is a threat to our native bluebell and is frequently planted in gardens and the two species will hybridize with each other.

Credit: Information and photo kindly supplied by Peter Dowse of Bollington, Cheshire.

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South and West Wales Amphibian and Reptile Group

Affiliated with the Amphibian and Reptile groups of the UK they join together to do all they can to protect these beautiful creatures.

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