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October outdoors

October 5, 2015 8:37 pm Comments Off on October outdoors

With wild cliffs to the south, a nature reserve nearby at Slapton, and its very own ancient woodland, Hillfield Village is ideally situated for wildlife watching and star-gazing. And October is the perfect time of year to do just that, when birds gather to migrate, deer rut, mushrooms are in season and the skies are tantalisingly starry.
While some might be happy to sit on their balconies with a pocket guide and a pair of binoculars, others might wish to find out more from the experts. If that is the case, here are a few events on offer…

RSPB Wildlife Walk at Exminster Marshes
Observe returning waders and ducks at this RSPB reserve. There’s even an outside chance of seeing a late migrating osprey.
Saturday 10 October 9.30am to 12.00pm.
Free to RSPB members. Non members £3 donation.
Meet at the RSPB car park just outside Exminster on the Exeter to Dawlish Road. EX6 8DZ
For more information 01626 821344

Autumn Migration Watch
Join a guided walk around Stover Country park in the company of Stover’s winged residents and winter migrants recently arrived to the lakes and marshes there. The ranger will demonstrate the process of bird ringing
Autumn Migration Watch, Sunday 18 October 8-10am, Stover Country Park.
No charge, just a £2 donation for a bacon butty and a hot drink.
Please book in advance 01626 835236

Fungus Foray
Uncover the fascinating world of toadstools and their relations on a guided walk guided walk around Stover Country Park led by fungus expert Irene Williams. Expect to find puff balls, flyagaric, birch polypores and more.
Fungus Foray,18 October and 1 November, 10am-12pm
Please book in advance 01626 835236

Deer Rut Safari
Take a leisurely ride on the tractor/trailer into the deer park at Powderham to get a privileged view of the fascinating behaviour of the deer during the rutting season.
Deer Rut Safaris are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2.30pm. 6-22 October, £12. Cream tea from 11am.
Booking essential 01626 890243

Autumn stars at Berry Head
Wrap up warm and take a tour of the Autumn constellations, hot drink in hand, with astronomer Chris Proctor. Use telescopes to see the Milky Way, the Pleiades, the Great Andromeda galaxy and the distant planet Uranus.
Autumn Stars at Berry Head– Saturday 10th October, Berry Head National Nature Reserve
8:30pm – 10pm, £8.00
Booking: Essential as spaces limited

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