The UK's summer wildlife spectaculars

Bluebell woodland (c) Mike Boss The beautiful blue haze and sweet scent of the UK's native bluebells make it one of the most spectacular annual floral displays in Europe. But is it late this year? Fred Rumsey, a botanist from the Natural History Museum, London, UK believes so: "Our initial impression being that flowering is between four and five weeks behind what it was last year." He told BBC Nature that flowering times of both native and non-native bluebell species can be useful in demonstrating and quantifying the effects of climate change. "The more people that we can persuade to help us capture when flowering occurs in their part of the British Isles each and every year the more robust and scientifically useful our data-set will be," Mr Rumsey added. Details of the bluebell survey can be found below. (Photo courtesy of Mike Boss)

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