The nights are drawing in, there’s crisp breeze in the air – it must be autumn! This is the season of change, and our wildlife sure knows how to put on a show in this time of year. The leaves are starting to fall and our green spaces are suddenly busy with a flurry of activity from our wild neighbours.
But where is best to watch this seasonal show in our little city? Here’s a few of my favourite spots which take in all that autumn has to offer, whether it’s wildlife, atmosphere or crunchy fallen leaves. And all accessable via Cardiff Bus for the budget and time conscious!
A real all rounder if you want the ultimate autumn walk just a bus or train from the city centre (just step off the train at Radyr station and you’re there!). This wild woodland has a vast array of tree species, providing an assortment of autumnal colours painting the forest, and home to all of your favourite woodland and garden bird species.
Look out for the family of Kingfishers who call the ponds their home who are particularly visible this time of year!
For our wild residents, autumn isn’t just about the change of environment, it’s all about migrations! And there is no better place to see this than on our little patch of coastline at Cardiff Bay and the banks of the River Taff. Species who bred all over the country and Europe are moving to the safety of our shores to over winter, including waders such as Turnstone and Sandpiper, and gulls a plenty!
So grab your binoculars and see who’s calling our waterways their home this year.
Once the preserve of the Victorian upper and middle classes, Roath Park’s prim and proper gardens of yesteryear might not have seemed the most ‘wild’ of places, but today it’s a vital green highway for our wildlife and home to a mixture of garden/woodland birds as well as ducks, geese, cormorants and swans.
This wonderful park is also home to no less than 12 champion trees – the biggest and best of each of their kind in the UK! It’s a great place to explore and identify trees as well as the wildlife which depends on them – including fungi at this time of year!
All Cardiff residents have spent some amount of time enjoying our city centre’s biggest green space, but it really comes into it’s own in autumn. Leave the beaten track and explore the side paths weaving between the trees alongside the waterways. Here you’ll find wild mushrooms, autumn berries and wild birds who make the most of this seasonal bounty. Make a day of it by taking a flask of soup and following the taff trail – look out for signs of the eurasian otters who call the taff their home!
The third largest cemetery in the UK certainly provides when it comes to autumn tree walks with added Halloween graveyard vibes! Another wonderful place to learn about our resident trees, the cemetery has designated conservation areas which are left wild – the perfect place to find mushrooms, birds and late flowering wildflower and their associated moths! On a sunny day take a book and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere surrounded by nature.
Take a look at their recent funghi foray here.
Where are your favourite autumnal spots in Cardiff? Share your tips in the comments below!
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