first 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.
Elderberries 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.