Woodland Trust

Nature's CalendarNature Detectives

Frogspawn has been spotted in Northern Ireland. Have you seen any yet?

Elderberries. Margaret Bartonfirst ripe fruit

Record the date of the first ripe fruits of autumn:

  • soft to touch
  • full coloured
  • falling naturally

For elder, blackthorn and bramble this means very dark berries.

Blackberries. Casandra KociakElderberries are borne in clusters on a stalk - record when the first berry in the cluster is dark and ripe.

Blackberries - record when the first of the group ripens.

For hawthorn, rowan, holly and dog rose this means red berries. They will also feel softer.

Note: birds eating the fruit should not always be taken as an indication of ripeness.