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Enjoy the wonders of autumn with fresh ideas from nature detectives, run by the Woodland Trust

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blackberryBlackberry pack

Recipes, spotter sheets, collecting bag
 

Where to pick?

Look out for blackberries growing on bramble bushes in woodland and hedgerows.

(Avoid picking any next to roadsides though - they'll be polluted by traffic fumes, yuck)

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Spotting

It's important to know what blackberries and bramble bushes look like to make sure you're picking the right thing. Use these spotter sheets to learn what to look out for.

Some wild berries can be poisonous, so always check with an adult before you eat your blackberries. 

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Picking 

Blackberries are an important food for birds and mammals preparing for winter, so don't pick too many - just enough for your recipes :O) 

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Recipes

Make sure you wash your blackberries well before turning them into tasty treats.

(If you've got time, soak them in cold water for an hour or so to get rid of any lurking creepy crawlies.) 

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Play

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Like these ideas? Join our CLUB

Get fresh ideas all year-round when your family, school or group joins our nature detectives CLUB

 
Get animal domino cards, a pocket bluebell guide, tips for making your garden BUZZ with wildlife, stickers, plus leaf and mushroom spotter sheets!
 

  • seasonal activity packs in the post
  • nature challenges every week
  • giant woodland wall chart
  • year's supply of challenge stickers

It's ideal for families who like getting outdoors, with options for teachers and group leaders too :O)

And it's great value, from just £12 for a whole year of fun!

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