A Worksop man was delighted to stumble across a small plot of incredibly rare white ‘albino’ bluebells while out walking his dog in the woods.
John Nightingale, 56, made the discovery on the outskirts of Worksop last week and rushed home to grab his camera so he could take snaps of the phenomenon.
John told the Guardian: “I walk my dog most days and it is the first time in my whole life that I have ever seen white bluebells growing in the wild.”
“Although I walked around the woods I have found them in three separate locations near to each other, probably due to cross-pollination.”
“Many people may have seen them but do not know what they are.”
Wild white bluebells are very rare in Britain, with one white bluebell only occurring in one of every 10,000 flowers.
The Wildlife and Countryside Act has ensured the bluebell is a protected flower, making it illegal to collect bluebells from the wild.