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    Quote Originally Posted by joey&boo View Post
    How exciting is it to see all the trees budding. Not long now. Do you think this spell on sunshine & warmth means we can tree forage earlier? My pear tree is starting to bud leaves
    Yes, our trees are mostly all starting to bud too I noticed yesterday that the Hazel buds are actually starting to open as well. Tree foraging can be done at all times of the year, as when there are no leaves then the rabbits will just nibble the bark. But if you mean tree leaves then probably yes I think they will open a bit earlier than usual. My two always find the young Hawthorn buds very tasty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omi View Post
    Yes, our trees are mostly all starting to bud too I noticed yesterday that the Hazel buds are actually starting to open as well. Tree foraging can be done at all times of the year, as when there are no leaves then the rabbits will just nibble the bark. But if you mean tree leaves then probably yes I think they will open a bit earlier than usual. My two always find the young Hawthorn buds very tasty.



    Same here, Rudey especially loves them. The problem with trees before they leaf is I don't know which trees are which most of the time. I notice so much fruit from last years is still hanging off trees this year

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    Quote Originally Posted by joey&boo View Post
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    Same here, Rudey especially loves them. The problem with trees before they leaf is I don't know which trees are which most of the time. I notice so much fruit from last years is still hanging off trees this year
    Yes, I think I've said before but one of the walks we go on is next to a railway line and there are very many apple and pear trees, presumably where people have thrown cores out of the train window. I noticed a couple of weeks ago that some of the apple trees still have loads of fruit hanging. The fruit looks pretty manky though
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    I’m looking at taking my daughter foraging in the next couple of weeks. Will be taking the RWAF book recommended but I was just wondering what people find the easiest to identify.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa1981 View Post
    I’m looking at taking my daughter foraging in the next couple of weeks. Will be taking the RWAF book recommended but I was just wondering what people find the easiest to identify.
    Probably Dandelion, Ribwort Plantain, Cleavers and Red Dead-nettle as they don't have lookalikes. They should also be available atm.
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    With trees hawthorn is a good early one to identify, you may have to wait a month or so though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omi View Post
    Probably Dandelion, Ribwort Plantain, Cleavers and Red Dead-nettle as they don't have lookalikes. They should also be available atm.
    Quote Originally Posted by joey&boo View Post
    With trees hawthorn is a good early one to identify, you may have to wait a month or so though
    Thank you both. I will mark them off as things to keep a look out for

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    Hawthorn is in leaf

    Also, loads of stuff didn't die back this year, I've seen yarrow the whole winter and in my garden my borage and calendula stayed quite healthy.

    My willow is starting to bud.
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    Just been for my first 'proper' forage of the year. Lots of goosegrass, young cow parsley, red dead nettle particularly. Got a nice variety. Will have 13 happy rabbits tonight.
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