Autumn on the Ightham Mote estate

A view of autumn leaves, oast houses and countryside from the Ightham Mote estate

Autumn is an especially beautiful time to visit the estate, as trees and hedgerows turn from green to red, gold and orange. Visitors can enjoy walks through crisp leaves, with the radiance of autumn colour all around.

Birds

Autumn is the perfect time to birdwatch at Ightham Mote as the leaves begin to come off the trees; an opportunity to spot goldfinch, great spotted woodpeckers, nuthatches, blue tits, great tits, blackbirds and thrushes.

blackbird
blackbird
blackbird

Wildlife

With hedgerows and trees in early autumn full of wild fruits,nuts and seeds, many of our resident wildlife and birds will take advantage of this wild harvest to build up their reserves for migration or hibernation.

Not so innocent as he looks
destructive grey squirrels at Ashridge
Not so innocent as he looks

Trees, hedgerows and fungi

Our estate trees and hedgerows take on an autumn glow, especially our beeches and field maples. An abundance of blackberries, crab apples, hawthorn cherries and blackthorn provide a larder for wildlife and resident birds. Varieties of often intricate and beautiful fungi can be found in our woodland areas, but also on dead logs and at the edge of paths.

Beautiful fungus adorning the trees
A bracket fungus growing on a tree
Beautiful fungus adorning the trees

Ranger activity

From September our rangers are actively surveying trees for safety. The team and their volunteers are busy with woodland work, such as coppicing. Some of the dead wood cut away from trees is left as habitats for wildlife, such as dead wood invertebrates. Autumn and winter are our rangers' busiest times.

Woodland clearing in winter
Ranger volunteers clearing woodland at Ightham Mote
Woodland clearing in winter