Nature on the Brockhampton Estate in autumn

Autumn woodlands at Brockhampton

With the colder weather coming in, wildlife begins to prepare for the long winter on the estate. Taking advantage of the autumn harvest, creatures great and small feed on berries, nuts and fruit.

Our nest box surveys earlier this year showed we had dormice residing on the estate. As autumn approaches, these sweet little creatures will be gorging themselves on berries and nuts found on the estate, ready for a long hibernation over winter. Similarly to the dormice, the hedgehogs and bats that reside her will also be preparing for hibernation through increasing their bodyweight.

A sleeping dormouse at Brockhampton
A sleeping dormouse in a nest box
A sleeping dormouse at Brockhampton

You may notice many Squirrels and Jays in Paradise woods busily collecting acorns and burying them to rediscover at a later date. Smaller invertebrates such as butterflies and ladybirds will venture further afield, looking for indoor spaces such as barns and houses to keep them safe and warm over the colder months.

A Jay with an acorn
A photograph of a Jay with an acorn
A Jay with an acorn

The deer on the estate will be looking for mates throughout the autumn months.

The plants on the estate will be busy preparing for the next season, dispersing their seeds which will continue to grow in the springtime. A favourite plant for many in the autumn time is the Sycamore tree, whose dispersed seeds has it nicknamed the ‘helicopter’ plant.

Finally the plump and ripe berries on the hedges provide delicious meals for many birds and mammals alike. Blackberries are particularly popular with foxes, birds and wasps.  

Blackberries beginning to ripen on the Brockhampton Estate
Blackberries beginning to ripen
Blackberries beginning to ripen on the Brockhampton Estate