Wildlife walks this autumn
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Autumn is a fantastic season to get out and about in the British countryside and discover some very special wildlife so we’ve selected some of our favourite self-guided walks at places we look in for you to do just that.
Deer rut rambles
One of nature’s most spectacular autumn sights is the red or 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 an unforgettable wildlife wonder.
Witness the deer rut at:
- Hatfield Forest in Essex – 3.5 mile (5km) walk
- Ashridge Estate in Hertfordshire – 5.9 mile (9.5km) walk
- Knole in Kent – 3 mile (5km) walk
- Petworth House and Park in West Sussex – 2.5 mile (4.2km) walk
- Belton Park in Lincolnshire – 3.2 mile (5km) walk
- Attingham Park in Shropshire – 2 mile (3.2km) walk
- Calke Abbey in Derbyshire – 1.5 mile (2.5km) walk
- Eastern Moors in Derbyshire – 6 mile (9.5km) walk
- Dunham Massey in Cheshire – 2.5 mile (4.2km) walk
- Dryham Park in Gloucestershire – 1 mile (1.6km) walk
- Castle Drogo in Devon – 3.5 mile (5.6km) walk
- Dinefwr in Carmarthenshire – 3 mile (5km) walk
- Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden in Yorkshire – 3 mile (5km) walk
Red squirrel walks
Red squirrels are one of our most popular and well-loved native mammals and autumn is the ideal time to see them. Sadly, threats from American grey squirrels, disease and loss of woodlands mean they’ve become a rare sight but careful conservation is helping boost their numbers.
- Discover our top places to spot red squirrels and walks to go on to find them
Autumn is the time fungi ‘fruit’, displaying a variety of shapes, colours and textures on woodland floors and on trees. Foraging for mushrooms is a great autumn activity – make sure you take an identification guide or expert with you.
Go in search of fungi at:
- Sheringham Park in Norfolk – 2 mile (3.2km) walk
- The Vyne in Hampshire – 2.3 mile (3.7km) walk
- Attingham Park in Shropshire – 1 mile (1.6km) walk
- Calke Abbey in Derbyshire – 1 mile (1.6km) walk
- Borrowdale in Cumbria – 3.6 mile (7.8km) walk
- Tyntesfield in Somerset – 1 mile (1.6km) walk
- Studland in Dorset – 1 mile (1.6km) walk
- Lanhydrock in Cornwall – 2.5 mile (4km) walk
- Plas Newydd on Anglesey – 1.5 mile (2.4km) walk
- Allen Banks and Staward Gorge in Northumberland – 2.5 mile (4km) walk
- Hardcastle Crags in Yorkshire – 3 mile (5km) walk
- Roseberry Topping in Yorkshire – 3.3 mile (5.3km) walk
Our coastline and estuaries are full of life during the autumn. September ushers in the start of the Atlantic grey seal breeding season and the chance to spot seal pups as well as the arrival of migrant birds such as brent geese on our shores.
Spot a seal pup at:
- Blakeney National Nature Reserve in Norfolk – 7 mile (11km) walk
- Holywell and Crantock in Cornwall – 6 mile (9.5km) walk
- Marloes Peninsula in Pembrokeshire – 1 mile (1.6km) walk
- St David’s Peninsula in Pembrokeshire – 6 mile (9.5km) walk
- Farne Islands in Northumberland – 0.5 mile (0.8km) walk
Look out for migrant birds at:
- Blakeney National Nature Reserve in Norfolk – 3 mile (5km) walk
- Speke Hall near Liverpool – 1.8 mile (2.8km) walk
Ancient tree ambles
We care for some of the UK's most ancient and notable trees and have been recording them at places we look after. These venerable old trees are rich in wildlife and biodiversity and are often at their most striking during the autumn months.
- Try one of our ancient tree walks