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The Big Bluebell Watch

A big thank you for taking part in 2018 Big Bluebell Watch.

Your bluebell sightings poured in this year giving us an incredible snapshot of the status of the UK’s bluebells.

And with the advancement of the non-native Spanish bluebell and its hybrids, how will our native bluebell fare?

The results are in

Native bluebells come out on top - your sightings show that the UK is still a stronghold for native species.

Native bluebells made up 75% of your records. Most of these (87%) were from outside woodland areas, showing us how important road sides, hedgerows and other habitats are for bluebells. The remaining 25% were non-native, hybrids, or unidentified plants. Only 2% of non-natives were recorded in woods.

The results of the Big Bluebell Watch show us that the native species is widespread in large numbers all over the UK. And this may be its key to success in the struggle against the non-native garden escapee.

See the 2018 bluebell sightings on our map

Continued protection for woods and trees

Thanks to you, the Big Bluebell Watch has become a huge citizen science success story. Each year it gives us fantastic insight into bluebell distribution on a UK-wide scale. And we’re so proud of that.

We’ll continue to look after the UK’s ancient woodland so that native bluebells thrive. We’ll fight to protect threatened woods and restore damaged ones. 

Although still common in Britain, bluebell is threatened locally by habitat destruction, collection from the wild, and from increasing hybridisation with non-native bluebells.

Let us know what's happening to wildlife near you

If you’re a wildlife watcher, whatever the season, send your sightings to us with Nature’s Calendar.

We’ve selected plants, animals and fungi that help us understand how they are affected by weather and climate change.

   Spot wildlife near you