Wild Time


Feel the beat of spring

Be dazzled by bluebells

Harken to a bittern's boom

Seek a swooping sand martin

Pen poetry among daffodils

Sway with dancing grebes

Get sent packing by a grouse

Take a ringside seat

Track down a tiger

Watch a rare sky dance

Chatter with a natterjack

Enjoy the great rush north

Look up in awe

Shine a light on newts

Eavesdrop on a nightingale

Go spotting early orchids

Follow a sat-tagged osprey

Gape at hunting hobbies

Nurse a passion for purple

Scour riverbanks for Ratty

Tip-toe among fritillaries



Hail the success of avocets

Go batty as night falls

Bewitched by a buttercup

Play the summertime blues

Thrill to damsels and dragonflies

Go after Dartford warbler

Make a splash with gannets

Stake out a badger sett

Hurrah for the king

Rejoice in Manxie's chorus

Delight in a glow worm

Fall for THE fastest bird

Be spellbound by orchids

Journey to a seabird city

Exalt at a skylark's song

Party with the puffins

Lounge with a lizard

Haunt a churring nightjar

Head seawards on safari

Discover the rare spoonbill

Join the toadlet exodus

Spot our largest butterfly

Wear a hat for terns

Hunt woodland beauties



Admire our eager beavers

Marvel at migration

Forage for Autumn's bounty

Go nuts over squirrel nutkin

Ramble through purple

Gaze in awe at reds' rut

Wander in the wild wood

Cheer on the salmon run

Try a wild goose chase

Foray for fungi



Pay homage to the Russians

Go on a winter ghost hunt

Wonder at wintering waders

Fall in love with a seal pup

Hear Britain's tallest bird

Revel in roosting wagtails

Kiss beneath mistletoe

'Ooh' & 'aah' at murmurations

Lie in wait for an otter

Rock 'n' roll with geology

Wrap up for a raptor roost

Wander the wild wood

Autumn woodland (c) Gillian Day

Enjoy the autumn colours of our wonderful woods.

Winter is around the corner, so everyone is making the most of the last warm days, and what better place to do that than in one of our wonderful woods?

October has arrived, Keats’ ‘season of mist and mellow fruitfulness’, and after a summer of lush green and velvety shade, our woods are taking on the warm, glowing colours of autumn.  As the days get colder, so the leaves turn and the countryside becomes a riot of golden yellows, blazing oranges and deep sunset reds.

Amongst the autumn leaves, the reds and purples of berries and brown acorns and nuts appear, ready to temp the thrushes and squirrels.  Autumn is a time of hunting for conkers, of kicking through great drifts of fallen leaves, a time of roasting chestnuts, of fireworks and bonfires.

In the woods the red deer are bellowing in their annual rut; jays are screeching back and forth, hoarding acorns for the winter to come; busy flocks of tits tumble through the canopy, always hungry, always moving; the ivy flowers are a-buzz with hoverflies and wasp, honey bees and the last red admiral of the season. Winter is around the corner, so everyone is making the most of the last warm days, and what better place to do that than in one of our wonderful woods?

How to do it

Autumn woods are wonderful places: just be prepared for an adventure.

If you can’t get to the special places listed below… There are woods close at hand for everyone. Get out there and enjoy them!

Special spots

Belfairs & Daws Heath Living Landscape, Essex (a series of woodland reserves: Pound Wood, Tile Wood, Little Haven and Valerie Wells Wood plus the Belfairs Woodland Centre which champions this glorious habitat).

Dunsford nature reserve, Devon, looks stunning in autumn because of the fabulous range of tree species between the riverbank and the steep valley sides – and you can walk quite a long way on riverbank footpaths in the Teign valley, north-east Dartmoor.

Ayrshire, Ayr Gorge Woodlands

Birmingham, Moseley Bog and Joy’s Wood

Cambridgeshire, Hayley Wood

Cambridgeshire, Waresley and Gransden Woods

Cambridgeshire, Gamlingay Wood

Cambridgeshire, Brampton Wood

Cheshire, Warburton’s Wood

Cornwall, Devichoy’s Wood

Cumbria, Grubbins Wood

Derbyshire, Lea Wood

Devon, Marsland 

Dorset, Girdlers Coppice

Dumfriesshire, Carstramon Wood

Durham, Baal Hill

Gloucestershire, Lower Woods

Gwent, Strawberry Cottage Wood

Gwent, Margaret's Wood

Hampshire, Pamber Forest

Hampshire, Roydon Woods

Isle of Man, Cooildarry

Kent, Wattle Wood

Kent, Parsonage Wood

Leicestershire, Launde Woods

Lincolnshire, Tortoiseshell Wood   

Nottinghamshire, Bunny Old Wood

Norfolk, Thursford Wood

Norfolk, Foxley Wood

Oxfordshire, Warburg Nature Reserve

Pembrokeshire, Pengelli Forest

Powys, Pwll y Wrach

Powys, Cwm Byddog

Powys, Coed Pendugwm

Suffolk, Captain’s Wood

Sussex, The Mens

Wiltshire, The Firs