Pine Cones from Scots Pine Trees
Pine cones are the fruiting body and reproductive part of pine trees. The tree's female cones develop as the seeds mature and are usually conical or round shaped. The individual plates on the cones, known as scales, keep the seeds safe from weather extremes and hungry animals, until seeds are mature and it's warm and dry enough to release them to grow into new trees.
Jock loves to see the pine cones falling to the ground in autumn as he knows his hungry pine marten, squirrel, crossbill and siskin pals will need them for winter.
The Woodland Trust can tell us heaps about Pine cones.
Also have a read of When do pine cones fall? And what to do with them.
This is part of the Autumn Fruits, Berries and Seeds information.