October is an exciting time in the naturalist’s calendar: a period of conspicuous and adrenaline pumping change as leaves redden, red deer roar and myriad migrant birds grace our coastal watch points. It is a time of returning wonders – geese, swans and thrushes, of succulent fruits, curious fungi and tumultuous weather. All of which, combined, provide a true feast for the senses, ensnaring all as days shorten and the British Autumn steams ahead.
The wonder of autumn is captured perfectly in the latest issue of New Nature Magazine. Through in-depth accounts of seasonal specialities – Redwings (Page 40) and Grey Seals (Page 14) – and through fine nature writing from some of the most remote reaches of our small island. Indeed, Camila Quinteros’ look at the autumnal flora of Fair Isle (Page 32) is not one you can afford to miss.
In this issue, readers will also find talk of Lundy Island, aptly labelled as the British Galapagos by contributor Hannah Wolmuth-Gordon (Page 28); while on page 38, the Woodland Trust’s Chris Hickman delivers a thrilling account of Britain’s favourite trees. Also inside, Sophie Watts issues five tips for students looking to choose a university this Autumn (page 42), Kayleigh Crawford delves into community engagement in woodland conservation (page 41), and New Nature’s own Scott Thomson interviews freshwater ecologist Peter Walker (page 22).
As the director of New Nature, I would once again like to offer thanks to all those who read, download and share our publication each month. It has been almost a year since the magazine was established and things are advancing marvellously – all thanks to you. Please keep it up, and in doing so, help us continue to bring the thoughts and views of young conservationists to an increasingly wide and diverse audience. Their voices must
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