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68 Nature Notes Lots to enjoy in the Great Outdoors this Autumn


The oak trees will be looking at their best for autumn colour at the beginning of the month and will be steadily dropping acorns. Look for jays busy collecting and hiding stores for later in the winter. Winter thrushes will be evident with Field- fares and Redwings devouring berries. The mountain ash and holly berries seem to be their favourites with hawthorns and pyracan- tha being saved for later in the winter. A calm sunny day could see the last butterflies, most likely Red Admiral, on the wing. The Big Butterfly count results for 2017 The numbers of sightings are down on last year. Unsettled weather and above average rainfall adversely affected the numbers of butterflies counted in the July and August nationwide survey. The weather in the previous six months had seen above average temperatures encouraging some species to emerge earlier than usual resulting in them peaking before the count began. There were increased sightings for Red Admirals, Commas, Common Blues and Gatekeeper butterflies. However, numbers had decreased compared with 2016 for Green veined Whites, Large and Small Whites and the Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock continue to give cause for concern with depleted numbers of both.


MAKE A HEDGEHOG HOME FOR


HIBERNATION OR LEAVE A WOODPILE


TO CREATE NATURAL CREVICES. DON’T


FORGET TO CHECK FOR HEDGEHOGS BEFORE LIGHTING BONFIRE PILES.


Apples and


pears... It’s harvest time - apples are everywhere and there are plenty of fruity events in South Devon to make the most of this bountiful season.


Orchardlink.org.uk


is the local volunteer-run, not-for-profit organization offering advice, events, courses and activities to promote traditional orchards in the South Hams.


Dates for the diary:


8 October Sharpham Apple Day www.sharphamtrust.org


The day will include a host of ap- ple-themed activities for all the family, including storytelling, walks, arts and crafts and games. Try the fresh juice grown at Sharpham’s organic orchards - straight from the press. Or bring your own apples to juice


14 October Community Apple Day at Stokenham


The large oak press will be in action from the start and they hope to press in excess of 1000 litres of juice from around the community! Bring your own apples to press.


15 October Community Apple Day at Noss Mayo


The Newton and Noss parish annual apple day will be held at the community orchard on Noss Mayo.


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