Bramble Rubus fruticosus

Best Time to See
Habitat Woodland

A rambling plant with delicate white or pink flowers which are followed later in the year by juicy blackberries.

The stems have prickles and the leaves are hairy. Come autumn, its fruit is a widely recognised sight, turning from red to the near-black that gives them their name. Going 'blackberrying' is still a common practice today and one of the few acts of foraging to survive into the modern age.


Throughout Britain.



Can be found in multiple habitats, including hedge banks, scrubland, woodland and waste ground.

Best time to see

The bramble usually flowers in July and August, although its blossom has been known to appear in June. If its blackberries you're after, they are usually adorning the branches in early autumn.

Did you know?

People in the UK have been snacking on blackberries for generations - so long, in fact, that their seeds were found in the belly of a Neolithic man uncovered by archaeologists at Walton-on-the-Naze in Essex.