After a pretty changeable August, it’s definitely starting to feel like autumn is on its way. Soon we will be experiencing the delights of the change seasons with sunshine, showers and a slight chill in the air. Berries are already hanging heavy on trees and providing plenty of food for birds and other animals to fatten up before the really cold weather heads our way. September is a great month for migrating species and living on the coast means we don’t know what may turn up. As you say goodbye to the last of the swifts, swallows and wheatears, look out for winter visitors appearing from the north and east.
If you are still staying home as much as possible, don’t forget there are loads of ways to stay connected to nature from your own home.
What to spot this month includes
- Migrating birds
- Giant puffball
- Autumn ladies tresses
- Knopper galls
Tell us what you've seen
There are many more species to be spotted this month so keep your eyes peeled and don’t forget to fill in our species recording form, so we can submit your sightings to the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre.
Sussex Wildlife Trust nature reserves to visit this month
Ebernoe Common is a superb example of a Low Weald woodland with a history of traditional use. For centuries it was wood pasture, where commoners would turn out their cattle or pigs to graze and browse on young trees and scrub, beech mast and acorns, or on the grassy meadows in clearings. Considered the best site for bats in Western Europe, fourteen of the eighteen species of British bats have been recorded here, at least nine of which have maternity roosts including the rare Barbastelle and Bechstein’s bats. Ebernoe is fantastic for spotting late orchids and other woodland and meadow flowers, rare fungi and lichens and dormice.
Sussex Wildlife Trust Courses
Face to face events are returning, so why not see what events and courses Sussex Wildlife Trust are running this September
Remember this month
- World Car Free Day - 22nd September
- Seed Gathering Season – 22nd September – 22nd October
- Bat Conservation Trust’s Sunset/Sunrise Survey: Throughout September
How to take action
Get down to your local beach and safely take part in the Great British Beach Clean 17th – 26th September.