Bluebells

Bluebells have a great significance for me as it means the badger cubs will soon be out and about, as well as marking the fact that Spring is well and truly here.

I thought I would do a blog post about Bluebells today as Bluebells are dedicated to St George and today is St George’s day.

Badger trail through Bluebells

Badgers eye view through the bluebells

The wood close to my house now has a carpet of Bluebells which will continue for the next few weeks.

Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) one of the ancient woodland indicator plants and around half of the worlds Bluebells are found in the UK.

There are a few ways to tell the difference between native English and Spanish Bluebells, found in gardens.

  • English bluebells have a scent, Spanish don’t
  • English Bluebells have a drooping stem, Spanish ones have a straight stem
  • English Bluebells have narrow leaves (under 1.5cm wide), Spanish ones have wider leaves.
  • English Bluebells have deep blue, violet flowers which curl back at the ends, Spanish ones are paler and straighter
  • English Bluebells have cream coloured anthers, Spanish ones mainly have blue anthers.

Bluebells are an important source of early nectar for bees, hoverflies, butterflies and insects. Bees get to the nectar by biting a hole in the base of the flower so don’t actually pollinate the flower.

The badgers take bluebells down their setts for bedding.

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Badgers using bluebells for bedding

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About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. I am a keen amateur photographer using a Canon SX60 HS. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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