SWT LACKFORD LAKES: It’s all change as summer gives way to autumn

Autumnal colours at Lackford Lakes. Picture: SWT/Joe Davis ANL-140310-115059001
Autumnal colours at Lackford Lakes. Picture: SWT/Joe Davis ANL-140310-115059001
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Autumn is a season of great change with many of our summer visitors leaving us to return to Africa and many other birds arriving from Northern Europe to spend the autumn and winter on our shores, many of which pass through or stay at Lackford Lakes like the goosander and goldeneye.

But to me, what makes autumn amazing, is the colours in the natural world. At this time of year, you get all sorts of colours from the reds of berries in the bushes to the golden colours as the leaves of the trees change colour. Most colours are represented in nature throughout this time. Even the moths at this time of year, appear in these rich autumn colours.

Autumn moth at Lackford Lakes. Picture: SWT/Mike Andrews ANL-140310-115048001

Autumn moth at Lackford Lakes. Picture: SWT/Mike Andrews ANL-140310-115048001

The days, too, are very variable. Some days start with the typically autumn feeling with the chill in the air and you know we are moving towards winter. Others, can be quite warm and during these days you can still see some late dragonflies and butterflies flying around.

Be sure to look out for fungi and toadstools as you wander about our trails, these amazing things are best seen during the next few weeks. They appear in all shapes and sizes. Just take a look at these as they can poisonous.

Every season offers a different experience in the natural world and autumn is no different. So take some time out and explore the wonders of nature this autumn and you might be amazed at what you will find at Lackford Lakes this autumn.

Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) at Lackford Lakes. Picture: SWT/Will Cranstoun ANL-140310-115109001

Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) at Lackford Lakes. Picture: SWT/Will Cranstoun ANL-140310-115109001

Snipe at Lackford Lakes. Picture: SWT/Ian Goodall ANL-140310-115120001

Snipe at Lackford Lakes. Picture: SWT/Ian Goodall ANL-140310-115120001