Autumn sightings 2015
Anyone walking a country roadside verge recently will have realised that the berry season is upon us. Not necessarily the edible berry season since many of those, such as blackberries, are past their best, but rather the more apparent ones of Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Mountain Ash, Wild Rose, Wayfarer Tree and a host of other impossible to ignore photo opportunities. Crab Apples will also be piling up in their various locations since they no longer seem to be collected for home use as happened in my youth. Grandma could hardly wait to get her hands on this annual harvest which ended up in glass jars in the pantry and, I think, formed part of a wide range of home cooking products. Coincidental to the “going over” of some and ripening of others of these fruits and berries is the emergence of a whole host of Bugs and Beasties. Many of these have maintained a low profile throughout the summer months but now seem to come into the open, in sometimes staggering numbers, to feed on this newfound food source.