Autumn colours

Crunchy leaves and funny fungi

Autumn's a great time to enjoy the outdoors. Head to the woods to see the leaves changing colour. And when they've fallen to the ground, it's great fun to crunch your way through them (whether you're 8 or 80!).

This is also the time of year to spot weird and wonderful fungi growing in the woods, see roaming flocks of small birds and watch animals preparing for the fast-approaching cold weather.

There's so much to see, touch, smell and hear - have a wonderful time!


  • Blean Woods

    A gentle walk away from the traffic through seemingly endless woodland

    Common blue butterfly
  • Chapel Wood

    Beautiful woodland with paths leading to 13th century chapel ruins and Iron Age hillfort

    Path at Chapel Wood nature reserve
  • Coombes Valley

    A peaceful discovery through stunning woodland - a palette of colours, sounds and textures

    Woodland at Coombes Valley
  • Corrimony

    A hidden gem nestled between the Great Glen and Glen Affric

    Crested tit on lichen-covered branch
  • Cwm Clydach

    A woodland haven on the edge of the city

    Male wood warbler singing
  • Dearne Valley - Gypsy Marsh

    A hidden gem just off the beaten track

    Yellowhammer perching in hedge
  • Fairburn Ings

    Explore your wild side - a great place to visit year-round

    Aerial view of RSPB Fairburn Ings nature reserve
  • Farnham Heath

    We're bringing back historic heathland from a dark conifer plantation

    Tree pipit singing from pine tree
  • Forsinard Flows

    Get away from it all in this amazing, rugged peatland landscape

    RSPB Forsinard Flows reserve, bog pool with cotton grass, sphagnum etc
  • Garston Wood

    A delightful wander through ancient hazel coppice woodland

    Bluebell in flower, RSPB The Lodge reserve
  • Geltsdale

    Wild fells, stunning views, peaceful walks under big skies

    Birch trees at Black Burn, RSPB Geltsdale reserve, Cumbria,
  • Glenborrodale

    A peaceful walk in Atlantic oak woodland with spectacular views of Mull

    Red squirrel sitting on fallen log
  • Haweswater

    A rugged area of high fells, fast-flowing streams and native woodland

    Oak woodland, Haweswater
  • Highnam Woods

    Part of the largest area of ancient woodland in the Severn Vale, with many beautiful walks

    Nightingale singing
  • Insh Marshes

    A peaceful woodland walk, overlooking marshes with a stunning mountain backdrop

    Loch Insh, RSPB Insh Marshes reserve
  • Lake Vyrnwy

    Stunning scenery in the foothills of the breathtaking Berwyn Mountains

    View of Lake Vyrnwy early morning
  • Loch of Kinnordy

    A tranquil wetland oasis, with hides which get you close to a variety of wildlife

    Adult breeding-plumaged black-headed gull
  • Loch Ruthven

    Best place to see the Slavonian grebe in its breeding finery and display

    Breeding-plumaged Slavonian grebe
  • Lower Lough Erne Islands

    Islands on a wide-open lake with a wooded shore

    Lower Lough Erne scenic view
  • Mawddach Valley - Coed Garth Gell

    A beautiful wood with an amazing view

    Dark green fritillary butterfly
  • Minsmere

    Enjoy stunning views and the thrill of seeing some of our rarest wildlife

    Little tern on nest, Yarmouth
  • Nagshead

    A stunning woodland set in the heart of the Forest of Dean

    Male pied flycatcher at nest hole
  • Pulborough Brooks

    Enjoy a walk at this beautiful reserve and get close to nature

    Female lapwing in rushy pasture, Northumberland
  • Strumpshaw Fen

    Discover the wild heart of the Broads

    Adult bittern wading in reedbed at the Lee Valley Country Park
  • The Lodge

    Discover woodland, heathland, formal gardens and Iron Age archaeology

    Flower borders in front of The Lodge
  • West Sedgemoor

    A specially protected haven for birds all year-round

    Flooded meadows at the RSPB West Sedgemoor nature reserve
  • Wood of Cree

    Ancient oak woodland, tumbling burns and a carpet of bluebells

    Male wood warbler singing
  • Ynys-hir

    A wildlife haven in the heart of Wales

    Male pied flycatcher at nest hole