Blackthorn is an ever-present feature of Berry Head with its thick thorns forming dense scrub areas. The beautiful white flowers in spring are followed by the attractive sloes - its purple fruit - from late summer.
All over Berry Head, this hardy shrub even thrives on the exposed windswept cliff tops.
Blackthorn flowers before it produces leaves and it is considered unlucky to bring flowering branches of blackthorn into your home. The sloes are collected for making the drink Sloe Gin!