Posted: 16/09/2014 at 06:52
Sloes are produced very close to the branch, whereas buckthorn berries are on a stem. Sloes are usually larger and more oval than buckthorn berries. Sloes have a whitish bloom on the skin like blue/purple plums, whereas buckthorn berries are reddish-black and glossy. I could not possibly confuse the two. However, I've been gathering hedgerow fruits for many many years.
It goes without saying that if you don't know what you're doing seek on the spot help from someone who does or leave well alone.