Nature Notes – October 2019

We have all experienced some lovely open summer days recently, which suddenly came to an end the day after the equinox There have been signs of autumn for some time early morning mists, spiders and flies coming into houses to hibernate, tree leaves gradually turning colour, lots of fruits and ripe hedgerow berries Most summer migrants have left to be replaced by birds such as curlew, lapwing and gulls, from their breeding grounds.

In the next few weeks tawny owls become very active at dusk as they hoot to establish their winter territories They are easily seen as they frequently call from roof tops and telegraph poles Bats are still out feeding and Liz Lamb watched a young cat attempting to catch some as they flew around our court yard recently Finally, if any of you see something interesting in the local natural world, please let me know.