Do one thing
Make a hedgehog home for hibernation or leave a woodpile to create natural crevices. Don’t forget to check for hedgehogs before lighting bonfire piles.
What to look for
On rocky coasts, grey seals are breeding.
At night listen out for the soft sighing of redwings as they arrive into our countryside; you can often hear their calls even above night traffic.
Look out for the 22-spot ladybird, which is a vegetarian and active long after others have gone to sleep for the winter.
Did you know
The giant puffball (Calvatia gigantea) can reach sizes of up to 150cm and weigh in at 20kg. A large specimen might contain up to 7 trillion spores! Find out more at the British Mycological Society.
Habitat of the month: Woodland
A last burst of activity with leaves turning colour and berries ripening.
Many animals are busy stocking up for the winter so keep an eye out for birds feeding on the ripened berries and looking for invertebrates in the leaf litter.
Photo opportunity: Fungi
Many types of fungi send up their fruiting bodies at this time of year. Get down on your elbows to get up close. A small tripod is useful to keep the lens steady, especially as the light can be low. Be careful and don’t touch as some fungi can be poisonous.
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