I took this picture of the cotoneaster before the birds ate all the berries. We’ve had a bit of a cold snap and they’ve been feasting away. The holly trees are almost bare, as is one of the cotoneasters. The other, hidden behind a friend’s caravan on the yard, had so far avoided their depredations – but today I saw a flock of birds on it. They all scattered as I approached, but I’m sure, now they’ve found it, they’ll be back.
I have spent most of the year wondering whether to keep the cotoneasters. Throughout spring and summer they do very little, and they do take up space. But I think, over these few weeks in winter, they earn their keep. And the birds seem to like them.