Where to go this season - autumn

Dunsford autumn leaves - Credit: Dave Chamberlain Autumn leaves at Dunsford nature reserve

In autumn Devon’s animals get ready for the long cold days ahead. Here are some of the best places to see them make their preparations.

Fallow deer - credit Adrian Evans Autumn sees the dramatic deer rut. Rackenford and Knowstone Moors (near Tiverton) is the place to go to see and hear the drama unfold.

Fallow deer are also rutting during the weeks of autumn. There are herds that are regularly seen at our Dunsford and Scanniclift Copse (both near Exeter) nature reserves.

Search among the leaf letter at our Lady’s Wood (near Ivybridge) and Andrew’s Wood (South Hams) nature reserves for the nibbled hazelnuts left by local dormice.

Song thrushes and blackbirds as they gorge themselves on the blackberries and other hedgerow harvest berries of our nature reserves at Halwill Junction (near Okehampton) and Meeth Quarry (near Hatherleigh).

Say goodbye to the last of the summer’s swallows as they swoop to gather insects over the grassy fields of Bellever Moor and Meadows (Dartmoor) nature reserve.

Other wild places to go this autumn

Fungi - Neil BygraveIn early autumn take a wander across one of our heathland nature reserves Bovey Heathfield (near Bovey Tracey), Chudleigh Knighton (near Chudleigh) and Venn Ottery (near Honiton) to see the heather and gorse turn the landscape purple and gold.

Kick among the leaves while looking for fungi at one of our woodland wildlife havens including Warleigh Point (near Plymouth), Halsdon (Near Great Torrington) and Andrew’s Wood (South Hams).

Find out more

  • DWT's Greater Horseshoe Bat Project is running a month long Bat Festival this September with lots of fantastic events on offer. Visit the Devon Bat Project website to find out more
  • Creating wildlife homesCould you help save a species? We're working in partnership with Buglife on the 'Back from the Brink: Saving the narrow-headed ant' project. Join Buglife Stephen Carroll on DWT's nature reserves to record, create habitats and protect this amazing species. Events running through Sept and Oct
  • Have fun with DWT this October half term on Thursday 26 October at our 'Get your garden ready for winter' family fun day at Cricklepit Mill, Exeter. We'll be making bird feeders, making wildlife homes and doing a range of fun wild craft! 

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