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Bluebells

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The flowering of a Bluebell wood is one of Britain's greatest natural displays. There really is something bewitching about the way a Bluebell wood comes to life after its winter slumber each year. This magical quality was not lost on our ancestors who believed numerous superstitions and folklore concerning Bluebell woods.

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Such was the beauty of an ancient woodland decorated with a sweeping carpet of Bluebells, that it was considered by many to be of unearthly origin. Bluebell woods were considered very dangerous places by folklore. Faeries were said to live in these places and to walk into a Bluebell wood was to risk being whisked away into their Nether World!

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Such belief might well be behind the superstition that it was bad luck to pick Bluebells and take them into ones home. So precious are these wonderful flowers that it is today illegal to pick them in the wild.

Bluebells were said to chime out to summon faeries to a meeting and and if a human was to hear their peel, they were sure to die within the year. A further magical attribute attached to the plant was the notion that wearing a wreath of Bluebells would compel its wearer to speak the truth.

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The Bluebells found on the Gower Peninsula are special in that they are our native species of the plant. The Spanish Bluebell, introduced into Britain as a garden ornament, is now threatening the population of our less hardy, and prettier, native species ( Hyacinthoides non-scripta). Hybrid species of our native and the Spanish Bluebell are also taking a toll on the number of Hyacinthoides non-scripta. With Britain being home to a large percentage of the World's entire population of this species, the native Bluebell is getting less and less common.

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