THREE MORE AU­TUMN WOOD­LAND WILDLIFE WON­DERS

Countryfile Magazine - - Great Days Out -

BANK VOLES

These their nests lit­tle among guys like tree to roots, build in holes or un­der logs, mak­ing wood­lands the per­fect home. While they’re ac­tive day and night, dusk is the best time to see them, for­ag­ing for nuts and berries on the wood­land floor or up on the branches. They have a sim­i­lar ap­pear­ance to mice, but have much shorter tails, a rounder face and a blunt nose.

FUNGI

Just seems on world the when mag­i­cally for­est to be you dy­ing floor, think springs and a dor­mant ev­ery­thing de­cay­ing to life. Fungi. man’s fingers Ev­ery­where. pok­ing From through dead the leaf lit­ter to chicken-of-the-woods (pic­tured) sprout­ing on tree roots. Chil­dren will be en­rap­tured by the clas­sic toad­stool from their story books – the fly agaric. But don’t touch it, it’s a deadly one.

REDWINGS

Ap­prox­i­mately these beau­ti­ful one birds mil­lion ar­rive of on our shores in Oc­to­ber, evad­ing the Arc­tic blasts en­dured in Ice­land, Scan­di­navia and Siberia. They’re sim­i­lar in size to a song thrush but have a dis­tinc­tive white eye­brow and red flanks. You can see them through­out the coun­try, search­ing for berries, fruit or a juicy earth­worm.

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