Autumn has arrived and forests across the UK have started their spectacular transformation. The once-green canopy is turning into a rainbow of reds, golds, yellows and oranges… and the Go Ape tribe can’t get enough of it!
But, there’s more to an autumnal forest than crunchy orange leaves! We were recently reading the Forestry Commission website and found a list of wild things to look out for when you’re taking a stroll through the woodland this season…
The Deer mating season starts at the end of September, with a peak in mid-October. Stags grow extremely impressive antlers to woo female Deer and fight off other males; and if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to hear their cries echo throughout the forest.
While some birds (Swallows, Cuckoos and Warblers) leave the UK during autumn in search of warmer climates (who can blame them?), some species arrive here, such as Swans, Ducks, Geese and Waders. Birds change their diet during the autumn months, swapping Caterpillars for small seeds, and their nests become easier to inspect thanks to the fallen leaves.
Autumn is seed season! Now’s a great time to gather seeds from across the forest; find them in cones, fruits and berries. Did you know that trees have different methods of dispersing their seeds? For instance, some seeds are scattered by Squirrels, while others are spread by birds.
Take a peek in the forks of tree trunks, and there’s a good chance you’ll come across a drey (a large nest) built by a Red Squirrel. They spend autumn gathering nuts and seeds and scattering them in hiding spots across the forest; their acute sense of smell and spatial memory means they’re able to find them months later!
Of course, many of the UK’s forests are also home to Go Ape! We have 30 locations across the UK, stretching from Crathes Castle in Aberdeenshire, all the way down to Haldon Forest near Exeter. So, you have no excuse not to unearth your knitwear and come and swing with us this autumn.
We strongly recommend booking a Tree Top Adventure, as you’ll be rewarded with awesome views of the colourful forest as you take on an array of obstacles. You’ll climb ropes, scramble across nets, crawl through tunnels, wobble across bridges and whizz down zip wires!
If heights aren’t really your thing, you could always cruise the forest floor aboard one of our all-terrain Segways. Feel and hear the autumn leaves crunch as you roll over them, weaving your way in and out of the trees.
So, what are you waiting for? Book your Go Ape adventure today!
Images copyright of Forestry Commission