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Holly berries

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is Holly (Ilex aquifolium) berries.

Technically they’re a fruit rather than a berry. They are a popular winter food source for a variety of birds as well as being a traditional Christmas decoration.

These berries were photographed on a mature female tree in a garden in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Holly
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Hawthorn berries

This week the subject of Flora and Fauna Friday is Common Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) berries although technically they’re a fruit rather than a berry. The fruit is also know as a haw.

The Common Hawthorn is native to Europe, northwest Africa and West Asia. These examples were photographed at Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Hawthorn fruit
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Blackberries

This week Flora and Fauna Friday features Blackberries (Rubus fruticosus) growing on the bank of Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Blackberries
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Cotoneaster berries

Flora and Fauna Friday this week is Cotoneaster horizontalis growing in a garden in Nantwich, Cheshire, England.

The plant is native to western China but it is a popular garden plant in the U.K. where it has become naturalised and may be becoming invasive. The berries are popular with various bird species in the winter.

Cotoneaster horizontalis
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Magpie Moth

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is the Magpie Moth (Abraxas grossulariata).

A very widespread species found across Eurasia north of the Himalayas, North Africa and North America. This individual was photographed in a garden in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England. It gets its common English name from the black and white pattern on its wings.

One Word Sunday, Flora and Fauna Friday.
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Bison calf resting

This week’s Flora and Fauna Friday is a continuation of last week’s bull Bison portrait.

This is a Bison (Bison bison) calf resting on a Bison ranch near Kelliher, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Also known as the American Bison, American Buffalo or simply Buffalo.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Bison calf portrait
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Bull Bison portrait

Flora and Fauna Friday this week is a portrait of a resting bull Bison (Bison bison) photographed on a Bison ranch near Kelliher, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Also known as the American Bison, American Buffalo or simply Buffalo.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Bull Bison portrait