Ancient woodland plants

Many types of plants grow in ancient woodland and are considered indicator species.  The plants below are some of the most widespread and their presence will help you decide whether your bluebells are growing in an ancient woodland.

Origin and Distribution

Bluebells are often particularly frequent in ancient woodlands, hedgerows, under bracken and on sea cliffs. They are especially frequent in western and upland areas.  Although found across the British Isles bluebells are rare or absent in some areas including parts of East Anglia, western Ireland, northern Scotland, the Orkneys, Shetlands and the Western Isles. Bluebells also occur as an escape from cultivation, particularly near towns and cities.

  • Green woodland plants
    Green woodland plants

    View a slideshow of some of the green plants and flowers you can find in parks and woodlands in the British Isles.

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    White woodland plants

    View a slideshow of white flowers that can be commonly seen in woodlands around the British Isles.

  • Yellow woodland plants
    Yellow woodland plants

    When you are looking for bluebells in British woods and parks, here are some common yellow flowers you might also see.

  • Blue and pink woodland plants
    Blue and pink woodland plants

    When you are looking for bluebells you might also see these blue and purple woodland flowers.