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What’s your favourite thing to do in Autumn on the Quantocks?

- Ranger Owen gets all autumnal

Owen Jones

Posted by Owen Jones on 07 October 2014

What’s your favourite thing to do in Autumn on the Quantocks? We asked this question on social media recently and got some great replies, including:

• Hearing or watching the deer rut at Wills Neck
• Walking through birch woodland with its orange fallen leaves
• Kicking through knee deep leaves at Rock Lane in Bagborough
• Foraging for sweet chestnuts at Weacombe
• Going on the fungi walk at Durborough Farm
• An early morning run just as the sun rises
• Smelling the autumn air
• Mountain biking down Smiths Combe
• Building dens with my kids in Great Wood and hiding from the Gruffalo!
• Kick the dried leaves, listen to the stags roar, smell the autumn air

As the colours start to fade and trees drop their leaves the forest and the open hills take on a different, simpler, more basic feel. This year the autumn has come up on us slowly as we’ve been spoilt by warmer weather and still winds.  It wasn’t until recently that I put on my hat for the first time, a common tool to measure of when Autumn has arrived!

Soon the deer will again start to rut (possibly a week or so earlier than before…we’ll have to wait and see, let us know if you see or hear them).  Animals start to go about hibernating - gathering the last of their winter supplies of nuts, and the last broods of fledglings are thrown from their nests. My dog Moby loves this time of year, digging in the leaves, here he is in his leaf bed!

Sadly us Rangers don’t get to hibernate,  we’ve got loads of walks, talks and activities to organise, scrub and trees to remove and planning for swaling (winter heather burning) for next year. If you’d like to join us on one of our events it would be great to see you.  We have fungi walks, deer rut walks, a wild skills day in half term - and loads more.  Click on this link to book on.

My favourite thing to do in Autumn…...? I don’t think you can beat an Autumn walk in Bicknoller Combe on a sunny, bright day that just happens to end in a visit to the pub!

What’s yours?



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    Dave Harrison

    10 Oct 14

    I like to collect fallen branches for kindling with my 3 kids. A useful contribution to our winter wood burning.

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