Autumn Walk – Fruits, Nuts & Seeds
Steve Hallam will lead a guided walk to seek out fungi, berries, soft fruits, nuts & seeds. All of these are now out in abundance. To join Steve you should meet him at the Old Church at 2 pm on Saturday 26th October – wear suitable clothing! You should wear strong boots or wellies as we may encounter
long wet grass!
Steve will explain the folklore about the finds, which ones should not be eaten – and what will happen to you if you do!
What will you see?
You should expect to see around 20 types of berries, fruits and nuts. The walk will take in Hillhouse Wood and surrounding hedgerows, and will thus be a little longer than normal. The following highlights are from Steve’s last Autumn walk in 2018:
- The area around the Old Church is usually reliable for Holly & Yew berries and Ivy, an important source of nectar,
- Many flowers on track verges such as Black Horehound, Yarrow, various members of the daisy family, and Knapweed,
- Hedgerows revealed Sloes, Woody nightshade, Hop plants, Spindle tree berries but no Dogwood berries,
- In the woods you might see Black bryony & White bryony berries, chestnuts
- 2018 saw more flowers than expected including Black nightshade, Scarlet pimpernel, Sun spurge, Groundsel, Fat-hen, Speedwell, Wild pansies, Mallow & many more.
The walk is organised by the Friends of Hillhouse Wood who:
- organise regular work parties during the winter. These maintain the paths, clear scrub and improve wildlife habitats;
- run a series of wildlife walks throughout the year. These cover such areas as mammals, fungi, moths, bats, spring flowers and birds. All are welcome to come along.
Visit their page on this websuite for more infomation about them.