Wildlife to watch in November
Rosehips are the seed pods of roses. If you leave the spent flowers on the rose bush at the end of the season, you should see these small, berry sized, reddish seed balls left on the tips of the stems.
They are also edible and birds enjoy them too. This fruit, derived from the rose plant, is not only an excellent source of vitamin C, but studies show that it may reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis and help sore, achy joints function better.
However, it is best to leave the hips for fruit eating birds such as Thrushes, Blackbirds, Fieldfares and Waxwings, which then disperse the seeds in their droppings. Some birds, particularly finches, also eat the seeds.
Also look out for
Old Man's Beard
Like other members of the Clematis genus, old man’s beard or traveller’s joy climbs or scrambles over other plants using its leaf stalks and flower stalks. The leaves are not unlike the familiar garden forms of Clematis. The leaf stalks entwine around any convenient support / structure in their vicinity and then lignify (become woody).
As the plant grows and matures, it forms woody stems which can be as thick as a wrist; the plant can grow to a height of 12 metres or more.
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