Autumn set for bumper crop

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Autumn is set to be late this year, but when it arrives it should bring a bumper crop of fruits and berries in the countryside, wildlife experts have said.

Autumn fruiting is expected to be delayed as a result of the late spring, but the recent warm weather means wild berry crops will flourish, according to early data collected for the Woodland Trust’s nature’s calendar project.

The promise of a bumper autumn is good news for wildlife, which suffered in the face of exceptionally poor crops of wild fruit last year when trees and shrubs were affected by the washout summer, and then were hit by this spring’s cold snap.

Dr Kate Lewthwaite, the nature’s calendar project manager, said fruit-eating birds and mammals would be able to enjoy an autumn feast.