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Name: Loulou Gibson
Aug 3, 2013 11:41 PM CST
It has very prickly leaves which look fern like with purple berries
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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Aug 4, 2013 6:28 AM CST
Hey Loulou,
We are gonna need a photo of the entire plant and a close up of the leaves and berries to better answer your question.
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Name: Lin
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Aug 4, 2013 9:27 AM CST
Welcome! Loulou!

I googled and I found that Wolverhampton is in the UK so that might help if one can figure out what shrubs grow in your area. A photo of the plant itself, leaves or possibly a flower could help in correctly identifying but without those all we can do is guess. The only shrub that comes to my mind is the Leatherleaf Mahonia; it has prickly leaves (somewhat fern looking) and purple berries. Here are a few links with photo's of one that grows in my area of the U.S. although I don't know if it's a familiar plant in the UK.

Our ATP Plant Database has a few Mahonia's listed:
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