Wildlife walks this autumn

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.

Couple watching deer in the deer park at Studley Royal

Deer rut rambles

The deer rut is one of the iconic sights of autumn. There are resident deer herds at several of our special places, so pull on your walking boots and see if you can witness the annual spectacle.

A red squirrel sitting on the branch of a tree

Red squirrels 

A British native, the red squirrel is an endangered species. However, by managing their habitats and keeping out grey squirrels, there are opportunities to spot them at places we care for in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In autumn the squirrels are easier to spot as they come down from the trees looking for nuts ahead of winter.

Blakeney Grey Seal

Seal-spotting walks

Atlantic grey seals begin breeding in September, with the pupping season continuing right through until November. We look after several places which are great for spotting these white-furred pups in autumn.

Brent geese over Strangford Lough, County Down, Northern Ireland

Bird-watching walks

Autumn is the time to look out for the arrival of brent geese and whooper swans along the coast. These birds arrive on our shores having travelled more than 800 miles to get here. They then rest in estuaries where they find flat ground to land on and plenty of food. Keep an eye out also for flocks of rooks, long-tailed tits and jackdaws.

Orange coloured fungus

Fungi forays

In autumn when the weather is wet but still warm enough to provide good conditions for growth, woodland floors burst with mushrooms and toadstools. Both living and dead trees provide habitat for bracket fungi, which cling to the bark. Fungi can be poisonous, so make sure to always take an identification guide or an expert with you.