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Autumn

September - November

As the daylight hours begin to drop away we see another bustle of activity as wildlife readies itself for the upcoming winter.

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Hedgehogs and squirrels prepare homes to wait out the coldest days, nuthatch and jays forage and store seeds and nuts for when food is scarce.

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Watch flocks of goldfinch as they fly between patches of teasel seeking out the high energy seeds from within.

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Rowan, bramble and dog rose burst into berry – giving birds and small mammals a final feast.

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Leaves of our deciduous trees (oak, sycamore, lime and ash) begin the slow change in colour and we see a mix of reds, orange and yellow amongst the evergreens.

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An old-time favourite, horseshoe chestnut, littering the ground with its seeds (conkers) much to the delight of children and squirrels alike.

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Finally, as the plants begin to die back for the year, another group begin to emerge – the fungi. Extremely various in shape and size, the ground seems to explode with them during autumn. Look out for puffballs, fly agaric, candle-snuff and jelly ear fungus. But always beware that some are extremely poisonous – if unsure best not to try it.

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