What to see and do this Autumn

Halsdon nature reserve in the AutumnHalsdon in the Autumn by Kevin New

Many people’s favourite season: a time of change when wildlife goes into overdrive preparing for the battle with winter to come.

Here are some ideas of wild things to do this autumn…

Kicking up leaves by T MarshallKick through golden leaves on a walk through a Devon woodland. Our Halsdon and Dunsford nature reserves are great places to go this autumn.



Brent geese flying by Neil Bygrave Watch the arrival of thousands of geese, ducks and wading birds from the cold of northern and eastern Europe.

Visit our Warleigh Point and Dawlish Warren nature reserves to see them land.


Listen, search and look


Fallow deer by Neil BygraveListen to the roars of male red and fallow deer as they fight for supremacy during their annual rut. Knowstone Moor (red deer) and Scanniclift Copse (fallow deer) echo to their bellows.



Fly agaric by Ben LeeSearch for toadstools in dew covered fields and amongst leaf litter of local woodlands. Andrew’s Wood and Dart Valley nature reserves make wonderful places for a fungal foray.

Blackberry picking by Amy LewisLook, touch and try Devon’s special hedge harvest of blackberries, hazel nuts, sloes and crab apples. Devon has an estimated 33,000 miles of hedges – food for free for people and wildlife!