Such a stunning summer was always destined to end and the recent rain might just signify this closing of the season. However, it’s not time to sink into an autumnal slump just yet. More often than not, September offers more beautiful golden days than the rest of summer.
Autumn has always been a special season for me. As the days draw in and the air holds a crisp freshness, nature somehow begins to feel even more beautiful. Maybe it is a reminder of how ephemeral natural beauty is that makes me want to immerse myself in it even more.
There are some magical signs of the seasons changing which appear at this time of year…
It may take a little longer for fungi to appear this year since we’ve had so little rain over August, but when they do it seems like magic. Springing up seemingly overnight, fungi of incredible shapes and colours can be found nestled in grass and amongst fallen leaves. Fly Agaric is the typical fairytale fungus with its red and white cap but puffballs put on quite a show; with a little disturbance they produce great puffs of spores.
Autumn is when the hedgerows start to come alive. Look for glistening blackberries and the red glow of holly berries and rose hips. Little furry creatures of all shapes and sizes will start to appear, hunting out supplies for the winter. Look out for hedgehogs and door mice.
“Basically a giant aerial stunt”, starling murmerations may be one of the most spectacular visions in the natural world. The birds flock together in huge numbers to create stunning, amorphous clouds. Head out to an RSBP reserve between September and November to have your breath stolen by their beauty.
4. Misty Mornings
Imagine waking to a world shrouded in mist, blades of grass sparkling with due. Pull a jumper over your head, put on thick socks, and sit in a warm kitchen drinking steaming coffee. As the mist receded in the autumn sunlight you will start to see spider’s webs in the grass and hedgerows outlined in glistening droplets. The cold isn’t all bad when you can start to get cozy!
Especially out in the countryside, keep an eye – and more importantly an ear – out for bats. Listen out for their high pitched pips as they shoot through the sky.
The best news is that if you haven’t had a chance to get away this year, or you need a bit more of an escape, now is the perfect time. With peak holiday season over and the weather just on the cusp, head out into the stunning British countryside to see these magical moments for your self while they last. These are some of our favourite UK escapes to get cozy and enjoy the scenery…