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Ne'er cast a clout till May is out - remember to record your sightings of hawthorn first flowering

Blackthorn. Martin Olssen Wikimedia Commonsamount of fruit

This is a subjective assessment of the fruit crop and should be recorded from untrimmed bushes or trees:

  1. no fruit
     
  2. a bit
     
  3. moderate
     
  4. good crop
     
  5. exceptional
     

Sometimes people say it's a "good year" for blackberries, or that there "aren't many" holly berries around.

Have a go at recording this only when you feel you have something to base your scoring on - maybe using photographs to compare one year with others.

Not the easiest thing to record, so if in doubt, leave it out.