IMG_1144And these are a selection of the acorns in abundance round here which the squirrels are after. The deciduous oak (left) is the Sessile Oak or Durmast Oak (Quercus petraea). It’s similar to the English Oak but the acorns have no stalk while the leaves do, which is the opposite of the English Oak. It’s very common, native to Europe and West Asia.

The evergreen oak is the Holly or Holm Oak (Quercus ilex, top right) which is found throughout the Mediterranean. P1010095

The other evergreen has small, spiny, extremely spiky leaves, like holly, and is the Kermes Oak (Quercus coccifera). It’s native to the western Mediterranean, the Maghreb, Portugal, Spain and as far east as Greece. Apparently, this oak can live for 700 years.

All of them have produced a rich crop of acorns this year, which the wild pigs are particularly chuffed about: as the acorns fall, they rootle for them through the damp surfIMG_1149ace soil.

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