Woodland Trust

Nature's CalendarNature Detectives

Keep a look out for the ripening fruit of the Horse Chestnut, the conker.

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.