#30DaysWild 13: Wild strawberries

Today’s wild treat was wild strawberries to top a cake. We encourage wild strawberries around the eco lodges on our Devon farm as they are good food for birds. But this scattering actually came from our own garden.

Euan collected our beautiful pink crop from the dry gravel garden at the back of the farmhouse, where wild strawberries particularly thrive in the gravel. They like the edges of Otter Cottage garden too. And it’s not just humans and birds that enjoy this pretty plant – the grizzled skipper, which we keep looking out for, also eats wild strawberry leaves during its larval stage.

They certainly made a colourful treat on a rainy June day. And thanks to Euan for the cake too.

Previously on #30 Days Wild

This time last year: We found a gorgeous banded demoiselle in a big bed of nettles. It was a bit damp to go dragonfly hunting today, but we’ll look tomorrow now we’ve been reminded.

This time in 2018: We were planting oak trees to help replace the ash trees we’re losing to ash die back.

This time in 2017: The frog exodus was in full swing. Now with today’s rain, that could be underway again right now.