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Spanish Bluebell
Comments(4) # Spanish Bluebell london e10

I've gone to France for a few days to look at Alpine wildlife and whilst I'm gone I'm going to be showing you a few alien species that have made London their new home. Yesterday we saw the Harlequin Ladybird and today it's the turn of the Spanish Bluebell. Like the Harlequin, the main stories surrounding the Spanish Bluebell, which was introduced to the UK a long time ago as a garden plant, are that it is destroying the native Bluebell. I htis case it's both by out-competing and also by cross-breeding with the native species. There definitely is a hybrid species but once again there seems to be a dearth of any scientific evidence to support the scare-story that either the Spanish or the Hybrid are destroying the native Bluebell. There have been several attempts at surveys but I've yet to see any results to confirm or deny the scare stories. From my, admittedly limited, observations the Spanish and Hybrid 'bells seem to prefer more open aspects than the native flower which is usually to be found in the woodland shade. Tomorrow, a four-legged hard-shelled alien invader.... Canon EOS 5D
150 mm
400 ISO
1/250 sec
f 4
Flash: Not Fired