I love collecting hazelnuts , eating them on a walk is a treat. This year the hazel trees have been loaded with these tasty treats.A walk through Kettering a few days ago turned up an unusual hazel tree with very spiky cases.
The nuts in these are smaller , they are called Turkish hazels (Corylus colunda).
These hazels are often grown as ornamental trees and grow well in urban areas. The nuts are very striking.
It is great to discover new things when you aren’t expecting it .
Our rabbits are very fond of hazel leaves , it is their favourite food .