They grew in early spring, in small groups or alone, as they have done for centuries. Kitted out with small knives using buckets, bags or baskets. A small crowd sprawls out, covering riverbanks and forest grounds, seeking the very-loved woodland green fern known as the fiddlehead.
The season is short, around three weeks across the country with every year of different variations in timing based on weather.
Fiddleheads mark the end of winter and the arrival of spring.