How to spot the difference between native bluebells and Spanish bluebells

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Mention bluebells and it is easy for people to conjure up an idyllic image of woodlands carpeted with soft bluebells shimmering in the spring sunshine, but unfortunately this may not always be the case. Our native bluebell is under threat from habitat destruction, illegal collection of bulbs, climate change and competition from non-native species.

Find out more at http://www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/bluebells

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How to spot the difference between native bluebells and Spanish bluebells

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