Wildlife walks this autumn
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Autumn is a fantastic season to get out and about in the Great British countryside and discover some very special wildlife. We’ve an inspired selection of guided wildlife walks on offer this autumn for you to do just that.
One of nature’s most spectacular autumn sights is a fallow deer rut as male deer (bucks) compete for females (does). The drama and noise as bucks lock antlers and call loudly for does, is a wildlife wonder never to forget.
Castle Drogo in Devon, Ashridge Estate in Buckinghamshire & Hertfordshire, Hatfield Forest in Essex, Attingham Park in Shropshire and Dunham Massey in Cheshire, are all hosting deer walks this rutting season.
Red squirrels are one of our most popular and well-loved native mammals. Sadly, threats from American grey squirrels, disease and loss of woodlands mean they’ve become a rare sight so catching a glimpse of these character-full creatures is a real treat.
Join some great walks at Brownsea Island in Dorset, Formby in Liverpool and Mount Stewart House and Gardens in Northern Ireland, to see these beautiful animals as they come down from the treetops to store food, in preparation for the winter months ahead.
Amongst the woodland autumn colours, there are mushrooms and toadstools aplenty. Fungi live under the ground all year but it's autumn when their fruits appear. Our local guides are on hand to explain about the fascinating world of fungi and at some of our events, will even cook up a tasty toadstool treat to finish your walk.
Fungi forays are taking place at our sites up and down the country, search for one near you. Gibside in Tyne and Wear, Dunwich Heath in Suffolk and May Hill in Gloucestershire, will all be tickling your taste buds with a walk followed by a fungi feast.
And there’s more…
We’ve hundreds of other great wildlife walks, led by a guide and designed with you in mind. Find a wildlife walking event near you. We’ve chosen a few of our favourites…
At the coast:
- Seal and Porpoise Walk at Treginnis - St David’s Peninsula, Pembrokeshire, Wales - explore the fascinating world of these mammals with our warden.
- Seal Pups at St Martin’s Haven - Marloes Peninsula, Pembrokeshire, Wales - see the annual arrival of seals and their pups on the beaches below the cliffs.
- Autumn Migrants - Blakeney National Nature Reserve, Norfolk – join our coastal warden and learn about the species, migratory patterns and habitats of the birds.
- Footprint Walks - Formby, Liverpool - take in birdlife, wildlife and prehistoric footprints on Formby's foreshore.
- Coastal Walk - Orlock, Northern Ireland - take in the beauty spots, wildlife and historic sites filled with fascinating secrets.
In countryside and parkland:
- Early Bird Walks – Sissinghurst Castle, Kent – discover the many bird species found at Sissinghurst with rangers as your guide.
- Walk in the Woods – Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire - discover the seasonal wildlife that hide around the wider reaches of the estate and behind the scenes at the woodland management here.
- Woodland Autumn Walks - Nymans, West Sussex - See stunning autumn colour, fascinating vegetation, and foraging wildlife on a walk through ancient woodlands.
- Ancient Tree Walk- Croft Castle, Herefordshire – join our ranger to discover the wonderful ancient species we have in the parkland.
- Woods, Pastures and Ponds – Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire - explore with a ranger and find out about the ongoing nature conservation works.