Autumn wildlife in the East of England

Autumn’s a great time of year to go wildlife spotting. As our conservation work of their habitats continues and the season advances, you’ll see vibrant colours interspersed with the signs of nature all around you.

A single fallow deer in the autumn at Ashridge

The deer rut at Ashridge 

The fallow deer rut takes place around October when the sound of the bucks echos through the woods as they try to attract their mate. Deer come from all over the Estate to gather on the traditional rutting stands where the males stake out their display areas by ‘groaning’ and scent marking. After about a month when the action is over, they disperse again.

Grey seal pup at Blakeney Point

The first seal pups of the season at Blakeney 

At the very end of autumn, we’ll see the first grey seal pups of the season born on Blakeney Point. For an unrivaled wildlife experience and so not to disturb the new arrivals, we recommend hopping on one of the boats leaving from Morston Quay. Blakeney Point is home to the largest seal colony in England.

A redwing bird sits on a branch covered in red berries

Migrants passing through at Wicken Fen 

Take a walk around the reserve during the autumn months to see swallows and martins gathering prior to their migration south, plus newly arrived winter migrants such as wigeon, redwing and fieldfares. Hen harriers will also be returning from northern Britain.

Barn Owls on the Blickling Estate

Barn owls and bats at Blickling 

At dawn and dusk, the resident barn owls can often be spotted on the estate, out foraging for mice, voles and shrews to feed their brood back at the nest. Look skywards too, to see bats flying low over the lake.

Deer in the distance on Dunwich Heath

Wild deer at Dunwich Heath 

Autumn means rutting season for red deer. If you’re really lucky you might spot them at Dunwich Heath when you're there for an autumn walk. They tend to roam freely across the heath and neighbouring land, but listen out for their bellowing call.

A murmuration of starlings

New arrivals at Felbrigg 

Birds are moving off to warmer climes (the hardier ones moving in to mate). Bring your binoculars and witness the arrival of fieldfares, red wings, starlings and bramblings, while other animals are feasting on the fruits of the season and hunkering down for winter.

Silhouettes of the geese coming in to land with an orange

Pink-footed geese on the Norfolk Coast 

With the changing colours of the saltmarsh, autumn migrants passing through and over wintering birds arriving, a walk along the Norfolk Coast is a real feast for the senses. Experience the amazing sights and sounds of thousands of Pink-Footed Geese as they come in to roost for the night.

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