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
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
Last Sunday (27 September) I led a guided walk around Hillhouse Wood, West Bergholt, to show people the berries, nuts and fruit that are in our local hedgerows and woods – and convey the stories they have to tell. It shows that some good, at least, has come out of the development of the Naturetale app, because without this I wouldn’t know any of this stuff!
We were blessed with benign weather conditions, which doubtless was partly responsible for a turnout of over twenty people. Continue reading
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
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
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