Autumn woodlands

Where to see woodlands in autumn

© Mark Hamblin/2020VISION

Autumn woodlands

Autumn is a time of hunting for conkers, kicking through great drifts of fallen leaves, roasting chestnuts, and roaring bonfires. The woodlands are transforming; the once green leaves taking on fiery shades; bursts of red and purple berries and shiny brown acorns and nuts tempting thrushes and squirrels. 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?

Summer’s lush green woodlands turn into a riot of golden yellows, blazing oranges, and deep sunset reds as the days get colder

Find a woodland near you

With woodland sites throughout the UK, you're spoilt for choice! Our favourites are Belfairs & Daws Heath Living Landscape in Essex, which is a series of woodland reserves, and Dunsford nature reserve in Devon, which looks stunning in autumn thanks to 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.

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Midlands

Wales

Scotland

Isle of Man

What to look out for

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, wasps, honey bees, and the last red admiral of the season. Autumn woods are wonderful places: just be prepared for an adventure. 

If you can’t get to these places

There are woods close at hand for everyone. Get out to your local woodlands and enjoy them!

More wildlife experiences

From seeing colourful wildflowers to spotting magnificent birds of prey, we can help you get closer to wildlife across the UK.