...6 leaves a-prickling,
The dense, dark green, spiky leaves of Holly (Ilex aquifolium) are strongly associated with Christmas. Its flowers are a great source of food for many pollinating insects, and the leaves are one of the larval food plants of the holly blue butterfly and the holly tortrix moth. The bright red berries are an important source of winter food for birds such as thrushes. Holly is just one of the native British species which are being planted through Moors for the Future Partnership's 'Clough Woodland' project.