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Discover how autumn is awesome at Suffolk Wildlife Trust's Lackford Lakes nature reserve


By Mike Andrews


One of the amazing spectacles of autumn is watching the leaves change colour around our Lackford Lakes nature reserve.

At the beginning of October, many of our leaves are still green and then by the beginning of November most would have changed colour or have fallen to carpet our trails around the reserve.

Here at Lackford, we have many different types of tree growing around our trails. From the majestic oak to much smaller species like hawthorn with their red berries that are an important food source for wintering thrushes, such as redwing or fieldfare, that are just starting to arrive.

Siskin on alder (19430745)
Siskin on alder (19430745)

Alder is another important tree we have at Lackford. This tree produces cones that contain lots of tiny seeds which are an important food source for our smaller birds, like blue tits and goldfinches. In recent years, these trees have been attracting a smart, tiny green/yellow bird called a siskin. These arrive through the autumn to spend the winter feeding on the trees. The first ones have just turned up as I am writing this and soon we will have large flocks of these small birds feeding on our alder trees around the reserve.

Working out what type of tree you are looking at can be tricky, but also quite fun. To help our visitors, we have a mystery leaf trail to follow with clues about each tree.

Autumn is a great time of year to visit our reserve to witness the change in our trees, so why not visit us a few times to experience this change with us at Lackford Lakes?

Mike Andrews

Visitor team

Lackford Lakes


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