Things are a little quieter in autumn, apart from a few spooky goings on around Halloween! A walk in the woods is lovely at this time of year as the leaves start to change colour and fall, every week there are changes. Lots of fungi grow at this time of year, they are actually there all year, a lot of threads hidden under ground, and the part we see is the fruiting body, a bit like a flower. They are fascinating to look at, all different shapes, sizes and colours. Lots of plants have seeds and fruits at this time of year including oaks with their acorns, chestnuts, beech masts, blackberries. A lot of wildlife is busy eating whilst there is so much food, fattening up to survive through the cold winter. Squirrels and Jays are stashing acorns and chestnuts to eat later. Bats, adders, hedgehogs and toads get ready for hibernation, they sleep through the winter! Swallows and other birds fly off to Africa for the winter and other animals such as rabbits and foxes grow thick coats to keep warm.