|This year our strawberry plants have fruited into November - some wild plants will be doing the same|
|Female Steatoda nobilis guarding her egg-sac - two old sacs remain showing that this is the third brood in this sheltered location.|
Of course, it is autumn - leaves are turning yellow and falling - and it has been damp recently, so Fungi are also appearing to remind us that this is not simply an extension of summer. There are 'toadstool' or mushroom-types of Fungi, but personally I am drawn to the smaller species (as I am with invertebrates), some of which have appeared, almost overnight, on some of our garden woodwork...
|The common species Coral Spot Nectria cinnabarina - associated with dead wood, here it is on a batten forming part of a garden shed|
|A small species on hardwood garden shelving - I haven't yet identified it but it look a little like an oysterling (Crepidotus sp.)|
So, just a few observations about this autumn, but they do give a flavour of how the current and recent conditions affect the wildlife we see - hope you enjoy whatever you are watching out for!