Woodland Trust

Nature's CalendarNature Detectives

Look out for dog rose flowers this month.

What to look out for this year

We’ve chosen a selection of autumn signs for you to spot and created some new resources to download to help make it quick and easy. Once you have seen a sign of autumn please record it.

What to spot from July onwards


Bramble fruit ripe

Record the date on which you first see that blackberries are ripe.

Find out more about recording bramble

You can read more about how to spot and record bramble as well as some inspiring recipes on our blog.

What to spot from mid-August onwards


Swallow last seen

Record the date on which you see a swallow before it migrates.

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Redwing first seen

Record the first time you see a redwing; look out for the flashes of red under the wing.

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Ivy first flowering

Record when flowering begins in the first individual flower of the cluster.

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English oak first tint and ripe acorns

Record when several leaves on the same tree or branch have started to change colour. And record when acorns begin to fall from the tree naturally.

Find out more about recording English oak

Hawthorn fruit ripe

Record when the fruit is fully coloured red.

Find out more about recording hawthorn