Bluebell Woods

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Bluebell Woods

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The Bluebell woods are so named because of the large number of mainly spanish bluebells that bloom here in the spring, making it great for walks or photography. The woods are a tiny remnant of the old Blackadder woods that once covered 500 acres around Kincardine.

The UK is home to about half the world’s population of the Bluebell, with Scotland being its most northerly habitat. Over recent years however, the British Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta), sometimes known as the Wild Hyacinth in Scotland, has declined severely and is now an endangered species.

The two main causes of this decline are the loss of habitat and hybridisation with the non-native Spanish Bluebell. The Spanish Bluebell is very different to the British Bluebell, and has been planted in the wild or escaped from gardens over the last 100 years to inter-breed with the native variety, producing a hybrid. Both of these new varieties spread across the country much more quickly than the native variety can, and are taking over once purely native Bluebell woods.

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