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  • Writer's pictureWildlife Friendly Otley


Also known as the Scottish bluebell, this is yet another attractive wildflower to be found on the railway line east. They like dry, nutrient-poor habitats, such as grasslands and heaths, and can grow in cracks in cliffs or walls, and in stable sand dunes. Curiously, Plantlife named the Harebell the county flower of Yorkshire in 2002 – a bold assertion when the white rose is so prominent. Mind you, their website also says the flower’s delicate appearance is deceptive – it’s actually really tough.

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