Watching wildlife in the UK in September

A to Z of a Wildlife Garden “As nights become colder, birds and other wildlife can be seen preparing for the winter to come. Most of our summer visitors, such as the warblers and swallows, have left to begin their migration south. Resident birds become quieter and no longer fight over territories, returning to warm roosts each evening.”

When to Watch Wildlife – September – Excellent page which recommends the following:

  • Birds migrating to sunnier climes
  • Estuaries for the return of over wintering birds
  • Hedgerows for berries, late butterflies and small birds
  • Dragonflies and damselflies near water
  • Fungi appearing in woodlands and grasslands
  • Bats still on the wing

National Trust Wildlife CalendarSquirrels start to collect nuts to make stores for winter, birds start to arrive from Scandinavian countries and the final swallows are leaving our shores…Hedgerows fill with berries at this time of year (rosehips, elder, blackberries) and autumn gentian can be found flowering late in grassland, a pinkie purple herb species. Bank and field voles and other animals are feeding up before hibernation, bats forage on moths and ivy provides a late nectar source for insects. Look out at your local Trust property to see signs of movement and change.”