Do one thing
Create a compost heap to recycle kitchen waste, provide a hibernating space for many animals and produce rich compost material for gardening.
What to look for
In grassy areas brightly coloured waxcap mushrooms are making an appearance, their red and yellow colours standing out against the grass.
Devil’s-bit scabious is also very popular with insects in woodland rides and clearings.
On trees and shrubs look out for the striking colours of the pale tussock moth caterpillar.
In some rivers, salmon are travelling upstream to breed.
On lakes and reservoirs, drake mallards and other ducks begin moulting into their bright winter feathers.
Did you know
On average, there are 10,000 million insects per square kilometre of habitable land - that’s 10,000 per square metre. Find out more at the Royal Entomological Society website.
Habitat of the month: Seashore
Growth of seaweeds is at its height at this time of year. The water is at its warmest and many marine organisms are busy.
Look in rock pools for crabs, shrimps, periwinkles, limpets and sea anemone.
Photo opportunity: Rock pools
There is a wealth of biodiversity in these tiny ecosystems. Get down close, but make sure your shadow doesn’t fall across your subject. A polarising filter is useful to cut glare from the water surface.
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