Monday, 19 September 2016
Haw haw haw
You may have noticed thae hawthorn bushes turning red or brown. This is caused by a bumper crop of the berries, called haws.
Haws are an excellent winter food for birds like finches, wood pigeons, redwings, fieldfares and other thrushes. They are also dined on by wood mice, squirrels and bank voles.
Strictly they are not berries but pomes like apples, pears, pyracantha 'berries' and rowan 'berries. You can usually tell a pome by the little tufted remains of the flower at the bottom of the fruit.