What to look out for in October

We are ticking closer to the clocks turning back, so make the most of the time left to spot wildlife in daylight hours. Listen out for robins singing their melancholy autumnal song and watch ladybirds congregating together in sheds and on window panes. Time for foraging is running out and wildlife will have to make the most of the autumn harvest to fatten up before winter comes. I have already seen squirrels and jays hoarding their winter stash, whilst people are reporting hedgehogs and slow worms starting to look for hibernation sites.

What to spot this month includes

  • Fly agaric
  • Sloes
  • Conkers
  • Flocks of greenfinch
  • Rutting fallow deer
  • Devil's-bit scabious
  • Redwing
  • Fieldfare
  • Old manโ€™s beard
  • Yew berries
  • Bramblings

Tell us what you've seen

There are many more species to be spotted this month. Keep your eyes peeled and donโ€™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 reserve to visit this month

The Mens is a fantastic site to visit in October. The great towering cathedrals of beech and oaks of different shapes and sizes form a more intimate atmosphere with typical ancient woodland trees such as wild service, midland hawthorn and spindle. Warm summer weather followed by a bit of rain in September has allowed fungi across Sussex to flourish and The Mens should have an abundance this month.

Sussex Wildlife Trust Courses

Want to learn how about Harvest Mice or maybe Fungi, or perhaps attend a Climate, Ocean and Coastal Communities Conference? Why not see what events and courses Sussex Wildlife Trust are running this October

Remember this month...