October – Mast year Acorns

It was a mast year, a gift for us, for the ground under oaks was carpeted in thousands of acorns.

We collected acorns from oak trees near by, from ancient oaks at Staverton Thicks, from Sotterly.

With the Elders we examined them. We looked inside an acorn. In between showers we cracked a few open outside and found:
the bud (known as the Radicle) that will grow into the the Oak tree is at the tip not near the end where it was attached via its cup
inside one a couple of acorn weevils, who spend most of their life as a white larva that hollows out the kernels of acorns.

Staverton Thicks and Sotterly Oaks