Felbrigg Hall Park, with its extensive woodland, proved to be an ideal place for this year’s bramble workshop.
Alex Prendergast expertly lead the workshop, explaining which section each bramble belonged to and showing us things to look out for such as such as hairy anthers, red based styles and the amazing armature (acicles, stalked glands, pricklets and prickles).
We saw 14 of the 100 or so species of bramble found in Norfolk. The highlight for me was the white flowered Rubus villosior, this is in Section Micantes, a hairy bramble, notably with amazing stalked glands topped with black heads. This is endemic to the Cromer ridge and Felbrigg is probably the best place to see this species as it is present in reasonable quantities especially near the Lion's Mouth car park.