Autumn wildlife

Where to see wildlife in autumn

Ross Hoddinott/2020VISION

Autumn highlights

For many plants, insects and some mammals, autumn is a time of slowing down, of shutting down. It’s all about changing where and how you live in preparation for the great annual emergency: winter. For many birds it’s about arrivals and departures, some flying south  in pursuit of food and warmth, while others arrive from the Arctic for a mellower winter. The red deer decide that this is the moment to get dramatic about breeding, while all around them summer's lush greens become browns and oranges, punctuated with pops of red and purple berries.

Starling murmuration

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Foraging

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Red squirrels

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(c) Helen Haden

Fungi

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Ross Hoddinott/2020VISION

Autumn woodlands

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Peter Cairns/2020VISION

Reptiles

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Jon Hawkins - Surrey Hills Photography

Bird migration

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Heather

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Roe deer

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Alan Wright