Many people ask “What purpose do nettles serve?
They are a breeding ground and food source for many insects and aphids which are the beginning of the food chain for others, from spiders to small birds, such as Wrens, Dunnocks and Blue Tits. The leaves can be used to make soup, wine and tea. They are also wrapped around Cornish Yarg cheese to help preserve it.
Small tortoiseshell caterpillars on nettles in the Quarr will develop into the beautiful butterfly below.