Wildlife to watch in October
The English Oak is a large deciduous tree up to 20-40 metres tall. In England, the English Oak has assumed the status of a national emblem and for centuries it has been a national symbol of strength and survival.
The open canopy enables light to penetrate through to the woodland floor, allowing bluebells and primroses to grow below.
Oak forests provide a habitat rich in biodiversity and they support more life forms than any other native trees. They host hundreds of species of insect, supplying many British birds with an important food source.
A shrub with pure white flowers and dark, thorny branches, blackthorn is perhaps best known for its fruits, which are used to produce sloe gin.
Blackthorn is a shrub belonging to the same genus (Prunus) as almond, cherry and plum trees. The specific epithet spinosa refers to the sharp spines or thorns that are characteristic of this plant.
An important plant for wildlife, its early spring flowers provide nectar for early emerging insects, and its branches create a spiny thicket, providing secure nesting sites for birds.
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