The first redwings arrive in the UK in October, and can sometimes be spotted in woods, but also in hedges, parks and orchards – where they love to peck at windfall apples. Redwings are often seen in large flocks, sometimes mixing with other birds such as starlings and fieldfares. The latter is another winter visitor that arrives in autumn – it looks like a large thrush, with a grey head and chestnut-coloured back.
Although birdsong is probably at its loudest during May, at the peak of the dawn chorus, some birds are also busy defending their territories in autumn – the clear melodious songs of robins and blackbirds are particularly beautiful.
Bats about bats
There are 17 different species of bat in the UK and the tiny common pipistrelle, which weighs just 5g – less than a £1 coin – is one of the most common.
Bats are one of only three British mammals that truly hibernate – the other two being hedgehogs and dormice – so October is your last chance to see them before they settle down for the winter.