September with Durham Wildlife Trust

As summer gives way to autumn, the twittering and swooping in the sky reveals our summer visitors who pass us by. As they head south for sunnier climates, our northern wintering birds arrive.

It’s not just the temperature that drops, as ripening fruit and conkers hang heavy and the sun sits lower in the sky.

In our woodlands the muntjac deer bark and the weird and wonderful spread. From the stinkhorn to the parasol and puffball mushrooms, fungi will scatter across the grass in all shapes and forms. Whilst in wet habitats, spectacular tall bright purple lythrum flowers enjoy a long bloom.

Nature’s harvest of seeds and berries will provide a fulfilling spread for those preparing themselves for hibernation or migration. Spiders also begin to appear as do the crane flies, known as daddy longlegs, who begin to lay eggs.

The chattering above, will be the sound of goldfinches gathering to feed on thistle heads. Blackbirds are now in their new winter feathers, reminding us that the season will change.

We begin the month on Saturday 1st at Rainton Meadows with our Members’ Day. In addition to our Annual General Meeting, we also host our conservation awards and provide a day of fun activities for all.

On Sunday 2nd, children are set for a hoot on our Owl Story Walk at Rainton Meadows.

As part of England’s biggest free heritage festival, we have two Heritage Open Days. Join us to uncover bats and the history of Low Barns Nature Reserve on Sunday 9th or Thursday 13th.

At Lanchester Community Centre on Tuesday 11th, Lanchester Wildlife Group are joined by Val Standen who will be discussing how to manage Flass Vale Nature Reserve, and how to take a different approach to wildness.

Helping you to get closer to our wildlife, our experts are back on Sunday 16th with their telescopes and binoculars for an In Focus Optrics Demonstration at Rainton Meadows.

On Tuesday 18th we will be Bird Ringing at Rainton Meadows. A part of our outdoor home learning sessions, our future nature scientists will meet our onsite bird ringer to learn about the importance of keeping these records.

We meet at Watergate Café on Saturday 29th to learn more about our Terrific Trees as Watergate Wildlife Watch head out to explore our woodlands.

We end the month on Sunday 30th looking back and forward, as we learn about The Past, The Present and Future Projects at Rainton Meadows.

Our monthly Wildlife Watch meetings and weekly Wild Yoga continue to take place in September too. For a full list of events please visit here – and keep a look out for new ones added.

Please don’t forget to share your late summer / early autumn wildlife photos with us on Twitter @durhamwildlife and Facebook.