As autumn provides the platform to showcase some of nature’s most spectacular sights, it’s time to wrap up warm and embrace the golden richness of this awesome season, so with that in mind we have chosen a selection of nature reserves known for their beauty and wildlife at this time of year….a great opportunity to pause and reflect before the busy times ahead!
Lower Woods Nature Reserve, Gloucestershire
As one of the largest ancient woodlands in the South West of England, covering almost 700 acres, this reserve, with its extensive network of paths, is home to an incredible 71 species of ancient woodland plants and 40 species of native birds.
Newport Wetlands, Wales
Autumn is a great time for bird watching at Newport Wetlands as migrating wild fowl and wading birds make this their winter holiday destination. A stunning spectacle taking place from October onwards is the ‘starling roost’, when huge swathes of starlings gather overhead at dusk before dropping down to settle in the reed beds.
Donna Nook National Nature Reserve, Lincolnshire
This Lincolnshire reserve covers more than 10 km of coastline between Grainthorpe Haven and Saltfleet and boasts a landscape of sandy dunes and saltmarsh. In late autumn 1,500 grey seals head to the dunes to give birth. There is a viewing platform open from late October at the foot of the sand dunes, providing a unique opportunity for visitors to see the seal pups.
Rutland Water Nature Reserve, Leicestershire
Covering an area of 1,000 acres of shoreline and shallow water lagoons, Rutland Water Nature Reserve in Leicestershire, internationally recognised as a globally important wetland site, is home to over 25,000 waterfowl and as such, is a hive of activity at this time of year. There are 30 bird watching hides providing optimum viewing.
Halsden Nature Reserve, Devon
Located in a beautiful part of Devon, Halsden Nature Reserve opens up miles of well-marked trails through tranquil woodland leading to water meadows and the river bank of the River Torridge. Autumn provides the added bonus of a fascinating collection of fungi on the trees and woodland floor.
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