Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Rowan berries ripening

Rowan, also known as mountain ash because the leaves are similar to ash tree leaves, although not related, is already ripening its berries 


And some are fully ripe, ready for birds to scoff.


The Woodland Trust 'British Trees' web pages give the following information about rowan's value to wildlife

'The leaves are eaten by caterpillars of a number of moths, including the larger Welsh wave and autumn green carpet. Caterpillars of the apple fruit moth feed on the berries.
Flowers provide pollen and nectar for bees and other pollinating insects, while the berries are a rich source of autumn food for birds, especially the blackbird, mistle thrush, redstart, redwing, song thrush, fieldfare and waxwing.'
~you can check the Woodland Trust's excellent tree pages at the following link.




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