Another plant that really needs little introduction. So competitive and successful is it that, useful though it is, like it’s relative the blackthorn, bramble needs to be constantly kept in check to prevent it completely taking over.
There is no end to the wildlife that finds a use for brambles. On the recent meadow walk, Jeff Ollerton told us how many bees and other pollinators rely on the flowers for nectar and pollen.
The resulting sweet, juicy fruit are also hugely popular, with everybody from us humans through a range of mammals, birds and insects tucking in, while the leaves and stems provide food and homes for hundreds more. One wildlife website lists 36 species of moths and butterflies, to name but a single group, whose larvae feed on bramble.
More info at “the Secret Life of the Bramble“.