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What to look out for in October...

Autumn colours

Woodlands and hedgerows look spectacular at this time of year, with the bronze horse chestnut leaves, green and yellow of ash, orange and bronze of beech, golden of silver birch and bright yellow of the field maple. Conkers will also be falling to the ground around now, great fun to collect and compete with. Sloes will also be looking their best, as the blackthorn leaves fall from the bushes.

Great nature reserves for autumn colours are Captain's Wood, Bradfield Woods, Bonny Wood, Groton Wood and Reydon Wood.

For autumn leaf, berry and gall spotter sheets click here.

Redwings and fieldfares migrating


 
Fieldfares have a yellowy breast with black streaks, a chestnut-brown back, and a black tail. The head and rump are pale grey, and the wings dark brown.
Redwings have a dark brown back and white underneath, with a black-streaked breast and orange-red on sides and underwing. This species also have a white eyebrow stripe and dark brown cheeks. Similar to the song thrush, but for the white eyebrow stripe and red patch under the wing.

Redwings and fieldfares start arriving in the UK at this time of year. They breed in Iceland or Scandinavia, then come to the UK in search of food. These winter thrushes form large flocks which feast on berry-laden bushes in hedgerows, woodland, parks and playing fields.

Fieldfares are sociable birds and can be seen in flocks of over 200 birds roaming through the countryside. They may venture into gardens when there is snow cover or it is a severe winter. If disturbed they respond with a loud chattering noise.

Redwings migrate here at night - on clear evenings listen out for their 'tseep' call overhead. They can often be spotted in flocks with fieldfares, moving from bush to bush looking for food. 

 

 

Fungi

Take an autumn walk in the countryside and you are almost certain to spot some spectacular fungi.

Often brightly coloured, these life forms are neither plant nor animal, and come in a fantastic array of different shapes.

Their names are just as varied and strange, for instance jelly ear fungus, Dryad's saddle, beef steak, stinkhorn and fly agaric amongst them!

Find out more about Suffolk's fascinating fungi here. 

Wildlife spotter sheet

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