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Autumn is here! – get out and about and visit some of our special sites.

There are many reserves to explore but we suggest below some of them which have amazing flora and fauna to see at this time of year.

Where to Visit?

Many of our reserves are a great place to  spot to fungi.  You will see Waxcap fungi at our Jan Hobbs and Birch polypore in abundance at Langford Heathfield. *never forage for fungi unless you are with an expert as many species are highly poisonous. 

Visit Westhay Moor to see the Starling murmuration as they perform their famous and fantastic aerial shows. Also there you will see Teal, Wigeon, Gadwall, Shoveler and Pintail arrive in great numbers to spend the winter months on the wetlands.

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What to see?

Autumn is a great time for fungi. Look out for KinG Alfred's Cakes and Scarlet Elf Cup on fallen and dead trees. *never forage for fungi unless you are with an expert as many species are highly poisonous. 

You will see  wintering birds arrive ON the Somerset Levels -  a habitat of global importance for ducks and waders.

You will see a range of birds from Nuthatches to Long-Tailed tits, and Reed Buntings to Great Spotted woodpeckers coming into your gardens, local parks and green spaces to feed.

What can  you do to help wildlife this Autumn?

Leave a patch of leaves in your garden to attract Hedgehogs who are looking for a home to hibernate. (If you are lucky enough to get the prickly visitors, remember they are there when doing the gardening).

Help Bats by putting a pond  in your garden which will attract insects in the evening, providing an important food source.

Put bird seed in your garden to help your gardens birds in the run up to winter and don't forget to clean your feeders too, as they can store diseases. 

 

Did you know?

In the Brue Valley area alone, volunteers contributed over 1700 hours of their time to help manage our nature reserves during 2015.
Across the whole of our reserves during the same period, over 6500 hours of activities were undertaken by volunteers.
Corporate volunteering has clocked up over 930 hours, or 124 days of conservation action in the year 2014-15
We have around 40 grazing contractors and provide employment for many other local contractors.
That (on average) at least 50 visitors a day visit our Westhay Moor nature reserve.
We provide 1,110 hectares of open access for people to enjoy our outstanding nature reserves.

Picture: Tom Marshall