Bramble agg. - Rubus fruticosus agg.


There are hundreds of similar species of Bramble in this complex, which really require an expert to identify them. Our illustrations are shown to represent the group. Scrambling shrub, with long arching thorny branches that of root at the tip. Flowers white or pink 20 to 30 cm the edible fruit is the familiar Blackberry.

Identification difficulty

Waste ground, hedgerows, woodland, etc.

When to see it

May to November.

Life History


UK Status

Bramble is very common throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Very common as a group in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was sub-divided so no figure can be given.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map

Species profile

Common names
Bramble, Blackberry, Blackberry / Bramble
Species group:
Trees, Shrubs & Climbers
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
11/05/1992 (John Mousley;Steve Grover)
Last record:
23/02/2024 (Smith, Peter)

Total records by month

% of records within its species group

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Stigmella aurella

There are a number of moths in the Stigmella genus and most look very similar. However their caterpillars feed on various plants creating leafmines that can help with identification. Stigmella aurella specialises on Bramble and the long, thin leafmines can be very common and are even recognisable in winter when they become white.

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Coptotriche marginea

The caterpillars of this small moth feed on the leaves on Bramble, creating a funnel-shaped blotch.

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Diastrophus rubi

The larvae of this small wasp create galls on the stems of Bramble. The stem swells, often bending, and this comprises many chambers, each housing a wasp larva. The galls can persist on old stems over winter.