Stop 10: Mountain Ash
Mountain ash, also called rowan, is a native Irish tree which can live for up to 200 years. It can provide food, shelter and nesting sites for a whole range of animals. The rowan tree’s 9 to 15 paired leaflets are often eaten by the caterpillars of many types of moths. Its flowers provide pollen and nectar for many pollinators, and the berries are a good source of autumn food for birds and insects. Rowan berries are bitter, but they are also edible for humans, and rich in vitamin C. You can even make jam from them!
Can you see young shoots on the branches, where the leaves will appear? If the tree is in bloom, can you spot any insects pollinating the flowers? Can you see any birds eating the berries, or maybe you can see some uneaten fruits underneath the tree? If you find any leaves on the ground, count how many leaflets they have?
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