Autumn is here and as the leaves begin to fall it’s a glorious time of year to get out and about exploring our British woodlands! With lots of new and exciting things to spot, we’ve come up with 10 autumn woodland treasures to search for whilst out in the wild.
It’s easy to find Acorns in the woods, throughout September and October, they will be scattered all across the ground underneath the mighty oaks. Did you know that you can use them to make a survival whistle!
During the winter there isn’t enough light for trees to continue to photosynthesize, so as chlorophyll disappears from the leaves, they begin to lose their bright green colour.
Autumn is the time of year when nuts and berries ripen throughout our hedgerows and woodlands. See how many different types you can spot!
The Autumn is a great time to find feathers, lots of birds molt at this time of the year, before growing strong new feathers to keep them warm during the winter.
‘Conkers’ capture the essence of Autumn! They fall from Horse Chestnut Tree’s during the September and October... keep your eyes peeled for their spiky bright green cases as you walk through the fallen leaves.
Sweet Chestnut cases look very similar to Conker cases, but you’ll be able to easily tell the difference by their fluffy, furry cases!
Sycamore Trees are widespread all across the UK. As their ‘v-shaped’ winged seeds reach maturity, during the Autumn, they drop from the trees twirling thorough the air like helicopter propellers!
The classic red and white toadstools are easy to spot, keep an eye out around Oak and birch trees, these are a good places to find them.
As the deciduous trees begin to lose their leaves it becomes easier to spot evergreens throughout the woods. Try and look out for holly trees, pine trees and spruces.
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