As autumn in October gets into full swing, the natural world prepares for winter. Though the blackberries are over, our traditional hedgerows and woodlands are full of ripening nuts and a few late berries such as sloe and rose hips. Hazelnuts are being taken by dormice who are building up their fat reserves before going into hibernation while squirrels are filling their food stores with acorns to last them over the cold months to come. Bird song will decrease throughout the season, with Robins being the exception, they keep twittering on throughout the winter months.
A big wildlife attraction during this month is the deer rut. If you visit your local deer park you will hear the deep bellows of the stags and see their amazing antler displays.
The first winter migrant birds have started arriving as the last of our summer visitors have flown south. The key species to look out for include pink-footed geese, redwings, fieldfares and golden plover. Thanks to the large influx of these species, it is also a great time of year to watch the amazing flying displays the flocks form at dusk, especially when they have the backdrop of a spectacular sunset.
It is a great time of year to be out and about with your camera, so keep an eye on our social media pages for our seasonal updates.
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If you’re interested in what else nature gets up to throughout the year, why not read our Bat Diary!?