Photos of the month: July
Martha Boalch, 08/08/2018
This month we received 699 records, 87 with a photo, from 285 recorders. This is more than last month when we had 270 records from 142 people. This can be explained by the masses of fruit ripening in the warm sunshine, we’ve received lots of first ripe blackberry records as well as first ripe sloes and elderberries. Check out the photos and find out more about summer fruits.
It’s been wonderful to see your enthusiasm for first ripe blackberry recording. You can check out the progress of ripe blackberries spreading up through the UK on our map.
Beech fruits are ripening too. They’re not as colourful as blackberries but have a great texture to the husk around the edible nut. Did you know that beech nuts used to be used as food for pigs?
You can’t miss these big bunches of tiny berries. Beautiful dark purple elder berries are rich in vitamin C, they are often used to make preserves and wine. They can even be used to make natural dyes.
Lots of you have spotted the pillar box red berries of rowan appearing. They are a popular food source with birds, especially blackbird, mistle thrush, redstart, redwing, song thrush, fieldfare and waxwing.
Hazel nuts and oak acorns will be ripening soon. As well as first ripe fruit you can also record the amount of fruit for all the fruit trees.
What to look out for now
As the warm dry weather is set to continue, albeit interspersed with changeable thundery conditions, there may some unusual wildlife timings ahead.
Tell us when you see the first ivy flowers in your area or the first leaf tint of rowan, silver birch and beech. We use your data to study the impacts of climate change.