Cool mornings are slowly disappearing as the (still) warm sun appears, with swallows meeting on telephone wires in large numbers in preparation for their long trip back to Africa and, most noticeably, the trees changing into a warm rainbow of colours particularly Horse Chestnut and Silver Birch here in Pollok Country Park.
Did you know this summer has been the warmest, driest and sunniest in seven years allowing the trees and plants to be laden with fruits, berries and seeds.
Fantastic news for some of our winter bird migrants Redwings, Fieldfares and Waxwings all will be arriving soon to feast upon the fruit dripping trees and shrubs through the winter.
We can also enjoy nature's fruits of labour so take this opportunity to forage food for free but please remember to leave most of for the wildlife.
What is free wild food? Well…..bramble picking! It's a healthy, fun activity that appears to be declining like everything else traditional, including collecting and playing conkers.
Right now, brambles or blackberries, one of the most tastiest and abundant wild fruits packed with vitamin C, can be found almost everywhere, roadside verges, old railway tracks, woodlands and parks, even your garden if left to grow freely.
They are easily identified by their long thorny woody stems with a white flower during summer turning into the black juicy fruits we are seeing right now.
Don't pick them if they are low to the ground in areas where there are lots of dogs or pollution such as weed spraying.
It's not easy picking them because of the thorns but wearing gloves protects your hands as long as they're not too thick, so as not to feel the fruits, wear old clothes with long sleeves and trousers as they will stain and make sure you have solid containers so they don't get squashed.
Try them first, it's the fun part of picking them.
What to do with them next? Lots of things, including jelly, puddings, wine and even smoothies but do use them as soon as you get home as they perish quickly, you can freeze them and they will last months.
We are delivering citywide events throughout the year which you will find in our Wild about Glasgow Events 2013-2014 at www.glasgow.gov.uk/parks or contact us on 0141 276 0924.