Return of the Blueberry

Experts predict a record harvest of blueberries this year. As much as twice the normal amount of berries can be expected in Swedish forests.
On a smaller scale I have noticed a rapid increase in blueberry plants. When the large forest fire of 2014 killed off almost all vegetation from trees to mosses, it looked like the field layer, with bluebery and lingonberry plants, would take years to return.
The other day, I took a walk in the fire area, and noticed that the blueberry plants are on their way back already. From tiny patches that escaped the fire, they are now spreading wherever there is soil to grow on. So interesting to see how nature returns after such a vast disturbance.

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