Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #45 Bramble or Blackberry

Bradlaugh Fields Bumblebee in June

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.

Kingsley Park Allotments view from Bradlaugh Fields

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.

Bradlaugh Fields Bee at Bramble Flower

As you can see, the flowers are typical Rose Family flowers like Apple or Hawthorn; with five petals and masses of stamens in the middle.

Bradlaugh Fields in Northampton

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“.


5 thoughts on “Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #45 Bramble or Blackberry

  1. Hi Jeff, not sure about whether it’s at the stage to be visited by pollinators yet, I’ve been off at Wimpole Hall Scything Festival over the weekend and now back trying to catch up with watering the allotments and still avoid getting heat stroke! I hope to get up there over the next couple of days, weather permitting, so I’ll let you know …

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