NZ1265 : Yew berries in the snow, Close House

taken 7 years ago, near to Heddon-on-The-Wall, Northumberland, Great Britain

Yew berries in the snow, Close House
Yew berries in the snow, Close House
The snow below the yew trees was all raked up by birds feeding on the yew berries. Most parts of the tree are toxic, particularly to horses and cattle which may eat the foliage. An exception is the bright red aril surrounding the seed. Thrushes, blackbirds and flocks of fieldfares and redwings which consider these a good winter food source probably eat the hard seeds as well and disperse them in their droppings LinkExternal link
Kew reports that badgers also relish the berries and pass the seeds intact in their dung LinkExternal link
Searching the internet will even reveal a recipe for a yew berry tart with the warning to carefully remove the seed from every berry. How well would you trust the cook?
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Saturday, 4 December, 2010   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 4 December, 2010
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 1299 6579 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:59.1923N 1:47.9123W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 1299 6579
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