Woodland in autumn

Autumn is a spectacular season as our trees transform from lush greens into stunning displays of red, gold and brown. Embrace the crisp air and celebrate with our top ideas.

It's a time of change, of migration and arrival and frantic activity. Some animals leave for the winter while others prepare for the cold weather to come. Stunning fungal sculptures emerge and trees put on a dazzling display of colour.

This is the best time of year to get outdoors. There's nothing better than wrapping up warm and heading out to see the leaves changing colour, from gorgeous golds to russet reds. Mist hangs over fields and parks in the morning, there are often spectacular sunsets and the stars seem brighter at night.

Get out and about

As the days shorten and temperatures drop our woodlands show signs of the new season. Walk along wooded paths, crunch on fallen leaves and smell fruits ripening in hedgerows. Visit our top woods for amazing autumn colour.

Want something closer to home? Find a wood near you.

Tell us what do you see

Recording your seasonal sightings with Nature’s Calendar will help scientists observe how the changing climate is affecting the UK’s wildlife. Can you take a note of the first signs of autumn, from berries ripening and spotting redwings to leaves changing colour?

Watch our film to find out why autumn leaves change colour

film about why do leaves change colour

Have fun as a family

Autumn is an enchanting time to be out in the woods so get out and get muddy together. Perhaps play a game of conkers or visit our Nature Detectives website. You'll find lots of exciting ideas to tempt kids – and grown-ups - from spotter sheets to scavenger hunts.

Celebrate the season at a woodland event

Celebrate the season with us at one of our events. Light up at a lantern-making workshop, discover magical mushrooms on a fungal foray, pull on your wellies for a woodland wander or get crafty with crispy leaves.

Top autumn woodland events...

Discover dazzling diversity

Fly agaric fungus

From mammals to mosses and beetles to birds, woodland wildlife is varied and surprising

Explore woodland wildlife