Blackberries in various states of ripeness


Blackberries - also known as brambles - are related to raspberries and the two plants have been crossed to produce hybrids such as the loganberry. Wild blackberries are a common feature of British hedgerows, woodlands and waste ground. In autumn their fruits are a source of food for thrushes, blackbirds and other animals.

Scientific name: Rubus fruticosus

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The Blackberry can be found in a number of locations including: Asia, Australia, China, Europe, North America, South America, United Kingdom, Wales, Ynys-hir nature reserve. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

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