Autumn’s here but it’s not in full control yet

Autumn has officially started – according to the UK Met Office autumn starts on the 1st September whilst in astronomical terms it starts at the equinox which this year was the 23rd September (see here for a more detailed explanation of the differences).

We associate the onset of autumn with rapidly shortening days (which is happening) and the time when leaves turn brown and drop – this hasn’t happened yet on Dartmoor. Here are a few pictures from Fingle Woods taken earlier this week – however everything is about to change….

WoodlandThe oak woodland on the side of the Teign gorge is still predominantly green with only tiny tinges of brown.

OakAt ground level the oaks still have the vast majority of their leaves

HazelThe hazel looks almost spring like!

For me autumn really begins when I hear the first redwings return – I will be listening out for their plaintive ‘seeps’ in the dark night sky – listen here to Tweet of the Day about the redwing and then listen out tonight to see if you can hear one.

 

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