1 Around half the world’s population of these iconic wildflowers grow in the UK
2 Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, bluebells are protected and if you dig up and sell a wild bluebell you can be heavily fined.
3 The first bluebells are believed to have appeared in Britain after the last Ice Age.
4 It takes at least five years for a bluebell seed to grow into a bulb.
5 There are rare ‘albino’ bluebells which are white as they lack the blue pigment.
6 Bees rely heavily on the flowers’ nectar in the spring but sometimes they ‘steal’ it by biting a hole in the bottom of the bell.