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       Things I See in Aberystwyth                                                                     Nature Notes By                                           materialise. The seeds contained in the
                                                                                                                                                                 hips take time to germinate, usually
                                                                                                                                                                 two cold periods will be needed for any
                                                                                                                                                                 lightly covered seed to start germinating.
       By Carys Boyle                                                                                  David Williams                                            Hips are a popular cooking ingredient.
                                                                                                                                                                 They were very important during the
                                                                                                                                                                 days of World War II as a source of
                                                                                                                                                                 vitamins A and C. They are particularly
                                                                                                                                                                 high in vitamin C.
                                                                                                                                                                   Rowan trees, also known as
                                                                                                                                                                 mountain ash. The orange and red
                                                                                                                ancy a picnic? Well. A   fruit of the raspberry is taken without   fruits are popular with many birds
                                                                                                                lot of our feathered and   the torus, giving a hollow centre, while it   and are particularly liked by thrushes
                                                                                                                furry friends do at this   is picked with the fruit of the blackberry.   and other song birds. Many mammals
                                                                                                                time of year. The days are   Many birds and mammals find them   also like the fruit including squirrels,
                                                                                                                starting to get that little bit   irresistible.  badgers, dormice and foxes. Much of the
                                                                                                      Fshorter each week and the      Elderberries are poisonous plants for   pollination is done by bees and flies but
                                                                                                       mornings are having a chill in the air. It’s   some mammals but birds like the berries,  flowers and fruit are popular with various
                                                                                                       time to fatten up and make provision for   particularly blackcaps. They will feast   butterflies too. The fruit contains sorbic
                                                                                                       the coming cold months.      on the berries before migrating to their   acid hence the Latin name sorbus. It also
                                                                                                         Some birds are feeding ready to   resident areas after breeding here. Deer   contains parasorbic acid which causes
                                                                                                       migrate while others are making the   and sheep seem partial to the tree too.   indigestion and kidney damage.
                                                                                                       most of abundant times to fatten for the   The berries are also a popular ingredient   Seeing these berries ripen marks the
                                                                                                       leaner months. Mammals are sorting out   in many recipes.  change of the seasons. It heralds the
                                                                                                       their stores for winter as well as putting   Rose hips are the fruits of roses. Both   waning of the long summer days. But
                                                                                                       an extra few grams on to keep warm.  cultivated and wild species have hips.   there’s still lots to look forward to, so it’s
                                                                                                         The hedgerows are now full of ripe   If the old flowers are pruned back on   not all doom and gloom in the natural
                                                                                                       berries and nuts ready for the picking.   cultivated species more blooms will   world.
                                                                                                       If you are out there picking too, don’t
                                                                                                       forget to leave some for our wildlife.
                                                                                                       They can’t go to the local supermarket
                                                                                                       to stock up. Blackberries are what
                                                                                                       first springs to mind but there’s also
                                                                                                       elderberries, rose hips and rowan berries
                                                                                                       there too.
            ’m a Ceramics Designer,   beaches and coastal paths taking photo’s   Harrods.                Weather conditions have a direct
            originally from New Quay (Cei   which I use as a starting point for my   Aberystwyth is a magnet for creative   influence on the number of fruit
            Newydd), my mum’s family are   new designs. These designs are then used  people, which means you always get to   produced. If there has been a windy
            from Aberystwyth and I now   in my commercial and sculptural pieces.   meet new and interesting people about   summer, then pollinators will have found
            live in Aberystwyth and work   The porcelain interior accessories,   the place all the time. I feel privileged to   it difficult to fly. If it’s been very hot,
      Ifrom a log cabin in my garden.   inspired by the Ceredigion Coast,   live in a town surrounded by beautiful   then the number of visiting pollinators
       As a teenager in the 80’s, my friends and   incorporate other materials into the   landscape, the sea, beaches, fields   may also have been affected. A lean
       I would get the bus up to Aber for the   porcelain using an innovative technique   and mountains, which are constantly   harvest would then ensue for us all.
       day to hang out in the Milk Bar and the   I have developed myself. These have   changing visually due to the seasons   Blackberries are a group of many
       King’s Hall Arcade, and we even used to   been sold in many Gallery and boutique   and varying weather.  There is so much   different yet related species which
       mitch off school sometimes and hang   shops around the UK.  I also make a   inspiration either by looking out across   produce the same looking berry.
       around the Castle Grounds (I can say   commercial range of gifts which I sell on   the sea at the outline of the mountains or   There are getting on for 400 different
       that now both my kids have left school!)    a website called Not on the high Street.  by picking up a tiny pebble on the beach   species world wide under the name
       My first job was in a Travel Agents in   com and I have designed products for   and finding amazing colours and patterns   blackberry. All are related to the rose.
       Market Street.               the Victoria & Albert Museum shop and   on the surface.            One interesting difference between the
         I often spend time on the local   a range of Christmas decorations for                        blackberry and raspberry is that the ripe




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