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This year’s Autumn Fruits walk beats the weather – but Abigail and James steal the show

On 16 October I ran the fourth (I think) Autumn Fruits nature walk around and through Hillhouse Wood, near West Bergholt.  The fact that I am able to make this statement is a slight surprise, because the previous evening’s weather forecast had heavy rain bang on the time of the walk, and light rain for an hour either side.  On which basis I had anticipated being on my own. Continue reading

Plenty to see and talk about on my recent Autumn Fruits walk

In early October I led the third of my Autumn Fruits walks in and around Hillhouse Wood, near West Bergholt.  These walks focus on berries and nuts, but also cover whatever else we find along the way.  Continue reading

A productive and enjoyable walk to see Autumn Fruits (and other nature stuff), Part 2

Following on from the spectacular hop harvest we found at the end of Part 1, just round the corner we joined a hedge that contained Spindle trees, with their spectacular coral pink and orange berries (not yet quite at their best), Continue reading

Which berries are most popular with birds?

We all know that birds eat berries, and followers of this blog will know which birds are regular berry eaters.  But which species of berries attract the greatest variety of birds? Continue reading

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

Autumn Fruits Foray around Hillhouse Wood, Colchester

In the odd moment I get when not counting the vast profits we’re making from the Naturetale app, or planning where to buy the next of my country retreats, I volunteer for the Friends of Hillhouse Wood.  On the basis that everyone else ‘took a step back’, I have found myself leading wildlife walks around the wood. Last Saturday I led a new one for us. Continue reading