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Seasons - Autumn

Rowan Tree‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’. The red berries of the Rowan tree start to appear in August and September. Later come the autumnal colours of the woodland, including the bright orange Beech trees, the buttery yellow of the Silver Birch and Rowan, and the reds and browns of the Oak. October is a great time to collect seed from the Hazel, Oak, Beech and Crab Apple and grow them on at home (perhaps in used jars and yogurt pots) to plant out in the woodland, or your garden in a year or two.

It’s really important to encourage the continuance of local seed, as this will continue local genetic strains of native tree species which have adapted over 1000’s of years to local conditions.

Autumn is also a great time to look for Fungi. In the woodland and grassland you will see many interesting types of fungi, some are bright and colourful, some less so. Fungi are considered the most important group of organisms on the planet, they play a vital role in recycling dead material (such as dead plants and animals) and returning it to the soil in a way that it can be used by other organisms.

JayWhen around Oak watch out for the acorn feeding Jay, with its’ colourful plumage unlike its’ other relatives in the Crow Family. The Jay is a shy bird, but you may notice its’ screaming call as it streaks across the woodland to collect and bury acorns – storing them for later in winter.

ButterflyAutumn is when Ivy blooms. The nectar rich flowers are a magnet to late flying insects, such as Red Admiral, Peacock, Painted Lady and Comma butterflies, Hoverflies and Bees.

ButterflyAfter dark, various species of moths are attracted to the heady scent and nectar of Ivy blossom.