Autumn wildlife bundle
By September and October many of the earlier plants have finished. But there’s still plenty to see. Plus after the first heavy rains, the woodland floor comes alive with the colourful fruiting bodies of fungi. We’ve chosen 3 guides featuring woodland flowers, ferns and fungi for you to spot this autumn plus a guide to stars and planets in the night sky.
Night sky guide
A guide to the stars of spring, summer, autumn and winter, plus planets, stars and constellations. Co-created with the Society for Popular Astronomy. This guide tells you how to find your way around the night sky, plus how to identify some of the planets, stars and constellations. Maps of the main features pick out the main constellations for each season. You don’t need a telescope to study the objects in the sky. Instead ordinary binoculars will show you a great deal. As well as using them to identify the planets, they will show you stars and other objects that are invisible to the naked eye.
The FSC Woodlands: Trees, Flowers and Fungi fold-out guide features 61 tree, flowers, ferns and fungi of UK woodlands. Mushrooms and toadstalls are most common after the first autumn storms and before the first frosts of winter. You can spot these fungi by looking at dead logs and fallen leaves. Also check old tree stumps. From Amethyst Deceiver to Stinkhorn, the woodland floor a great place to hunt. Of course, not all fungi look like mushrooms. Some common woodland species grow as brackets on dead wood, such as Turkeytail and Birch Polypore.
Written by an experienced forest schools leader, FSC Foraging is a great guide to take on a walk with children. Featuring edible flowers, leaves, nuts, fruits, seeds and roots, it covers 25 of the most commonest and tastiest plants to find. And once you’ve gathered your harvest, there are also recipes to try, from wild garlic pesto and crab apple leathers to stinging nettle soup and elderflower cordial.
Our popular wildlife field guides measure 24.5cmx17.5cm and are extremely lightweight so are the perfect identification aid for popping in your bag when heading outside. All wildlife identification guides are laminated, meaning they are showerproof for use outside. and can be wiped clean. Our charts are favourites for children as nature guides to learn about the world around them, and used for adult wildlife education, from conservation to general interest. Featuring full-colour illustrations, making wildlife identification easier to achieve. There’s further identification information on the reverse side, with a text description of the characteristics of species and characteristics.