That's a glossy little black berry, about the size of a mint imperial, and its accompanying leaf.
I found a bush that had one solitary berry clinging on. Where a bush has been stripped bare, that's a sure sign that what ever was there was really worth stripping <- foraging tip. From someone who forages at the Co-op mainly.
But I didn't know what it was.
It was growing at the side of a field and there is another tall bush (also devoid of berries!) nearby. Although they can be planted as good thorny hedging, I think this is more a case of 'planting by bird poop'.
No wonder there were no berries left, there must be some illicit booze-making going on around here *looks round hopefully* Christmas drinkies are going to be VERY interesting this year.
I've made a note of where the bushes are.
And next year.....I'll be ready.
*more of which on Friday :-)