Monthly Archives: December 2013

Birds that eat berries

We all associate the various thrushes (Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush Fieldfare and Redwing) with eating berries. But are these the only ones? A few years ago Barbara and David Snow undertook some detailed fieldwork in the Oxfordshire area to find out. Continue reading

Wallasea Island – you won’t have seen anything else on this scale!

One of the most ambitious and sophisticated habitat creation projects (‘restoration’ doesn’t really fit the bill) is currently underway at Wallasea Island, in Essex.  According to the RSPB, the aim of this project is to combat the threats from climate change and coastal flooding by recreating the ancient wetland landscape of mudflats and saltmarsh, lagoons and pasture. Continue reading

Deadly berries and how their toxins work

A few of the berries in the UK countryside contain deadly poisons.  If ingested in sufficient quantities these can kill human beings – and not in a nice way.  In this post we show which the worst of these berries are and explain how their toxins work. Continue reading

The language of flowers

As I collated the information that the Naturetale app holds about flowers and berries I came across references to something called ‘The Language of flowers’.  My curiosity piqued, I decided to investigate further.

Courtesy of Wikipedia, it transpires that humans have ascribed meanings, associations and emotions to certain flowers since ‘a very long time ago’. Continue reading

Fruits and berries that like to be awkward – Hawthorn, Plums

In order for users of the Naturetale app to be able to identify berries and soft fruit we developed a simple botanical key that uses the type of plant the berries are on, the colour of the berries, whether they are in clusters or singles, and whether the berries hang down or not.

According to the identification guides this should work well.  And it does – until you encounter real life!  Continue reading