Hyacinthoides non-scripta the British bluebell is an ancient woodland indicator species in the British Isles.

The British bluebell is most abundant in dominant in old woodlands on light-acid soils but will tolerate a range of soil conditions.

Hyacinthoides non-scripta can also be found in

  • secondary woodlands
    • where these are adjacent to or have replaced older woodlands
  • hedgerows
  • pastures
  • coastal grasslands, 

and more rarely

  • in heathland
  • on cliff ledges in more upland areas.

Hyacinthoides non-scripta is

  • well adapted to persisting in an area
    • often after the loss of the woodland canopy
  • a slow disperser to new areas
    • because of its heavy seeds