The importance of being a berry
As summer turns to autumn, berries are brightening up hedgerows and landscapes across Shropshire, providing food for people and wildlife! They play an essential role in the life of an ecosystem attracting insects and birds which in turn spread the plants seeds.
There are many well known berry producing plants, but those of the genus Vaccinium are particularly interesting. We have three species in Shropshire, some relatively rare but findable on our Stiperstones nature reserves.
Two other autumn berries, crowberry and cloudberry are also found locally, but are much rarer.