Izzy has once again kindly written a blog for The Nature Bug Club about her favourite things to do in Autumn
1. FUNGI HUNTING:
Fungi are always around us in nature but mostly hidden from view, underground, waiting. Then when the opportunity arrives with cooler temperatures and a spot of rain, their fruiting bodies burst from the ground in a bizarre array of shapes and colours, from toadstools to puff-balls! Fabulous fungi has many different shapes, colours and sizes, how many can you spot?
2. CONKER COLLECTING: As autumn arrives, it’s not only leaves that are falling from trees, Horse chestnut trees are dropping their precious little (and some rather large) conkers, providing a beautiful display, and the potential for hours of fun! So get outside and start conker collecting!
3. MAKE A HEDGEHOG HOUSE: hedgehogs will be starting to look for cosy places to hibernate, so make a hedgehog house for you garden and you may get a lodger!
4. STARGAZING: Stargazing is a great way to inspire young astronomers and also a lovely relaxing way to end the day! Take pillows and blankets and head to a place without much light pollution (a woods or high up on a hill is ideal) and see which constellations you can spot!
5. CAMPFIRE: build a campfire in the woods and roast marshmallows and chestnuts or make mulled apple juice!
6. FORAGE FOR FRUITS: go blackberry picking and bring them back to make an apple and blackberry crumble! Or forage for sloes, elderberries and rose hips! There are lots of tasty recipes that you can make with them!
7. PUT UP A BIRD FEEDER: although feeding garden birds is most important in winter, there’s no reason why you can’t spend autumn getting your bird feeders ready and raring to go!
8. LEARN NEW BIRD SONGS: learn some new bird songs ahead of winter and spring! Start with the easiest songs such as Robin, Blackbird or Song thrush!
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