While many trees and shrubs exhibit distinctive spring flowers there are some that are more discreet, the beech is one of these and most folk would be hard put to recognise a beech flower. Earlier this year the wildwood floor was littered with them and now those that remained on the trees are maturing into distinctive triangular nuts.
In earlier century’s pigs would be let loose in the woods to fatten up on acorns and these beech nuts, or beechmast as the locals referred to them and in doing so the commoners were exercising their right of pannage.
The bluebells have long finished but their shiny black seeds are now ready for dispersal. An early autumn woodland bonus is the small but sweet raspberries, there for the taking,