One of the highlights of Autumn in the British countryside has to be picking blackberries.
These tasty berries have grown in abundance this year with many plants having ripe berries in mid-August.
But like many fruits, there are different varieties of wild blackberry. In fact there are hundreds of ‘microspecies’ in the UK alone.
The differences between these microspecies are so small that it is very difficult to tell them all apart from one another.
To survey local blackberries down to a species, a specialist should be found to help.
Foraging for wild food is a great way to interact with nature, but always remember that nature itself needs these berries.
Birds and mammals rely on them for a source of food. So when picking blackberries, make sure you only take what you need and that you always leave some blackberries on the plant.
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