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October is a month of great activity in the British natural world. It's the prime month for rutting deer, so red and fallow deer are conspicuous in parks, woodland and moors. Smaller mammals such as mice and squirrels are busy storing fat reserves and food for the winter. Wildfowl and waders arrive in numbers from their northern breeding grounds, and rarer migrant birds may be seen, especially in hotspots such as Scilly and Norfolk. Beech and oakwoods are at the magnificent best and the first frosts dust the autumn foliage with silver. Sloes adorn the hedgerows and fungi proliferate, especially in a damp year.
Norway Maple (Acer platanoides) fallen leaves in autumn, Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, Stirlingshire, Scotland, October - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Norway Maple (Acer platanoides) fallen leaves in autumn, Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, Stirlingshire, Scotland, October
English / Pedunculate oak (Quercus robur) leaves encased in ice (studio) Inversnaid, Stirlingshire, Scotland, October - Niall Benvie
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Niall Benvie / English / Pedunculate oak (Quercus robur) leaves encased in ice (studio) Inversnaid, Stirlingshire, Scotland, October
Lichen community on a mountain boulder, Wester Ross, Scotland, October - Niall Benvie
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Niall Benvie / Lichen community on a mountain boulder, Wester Ross, Scotland, October
Tarr Steps Clapper Bridge and the River Barle, autumn, nr Withypool, Exmoor National Park, Somerset, UK. October 2008. - Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Tarr Steps Clapper Bridge and the River Barle, autumn, nr Withypool, Exmoor National Park, Somerset, UK. October 2008.
Wavecut under red sandstone cliffs at Ladram Bay, Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, Devon, England, October 2007 - Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Wavecut under red sandstone cliffs at Ladram Bay, Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, Devon, England, October 2007
Dead tree and stream on moorland wilderness of Rannoch Moor, Highlands, Scotland. October 2009 - Adam Burton
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Adam Burton / Dead tree and stream on moorland wilderness of Rannoch Moor, Highlands, Scotland. October 2009
Wood Mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus) captive,~Scotland, UK, October - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Wood Mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus) captive,~Scotland, UK, October
Dormouse {Muscardinus avellanarius) hibernating, October 2006, Devon, UK  (release scheme but captive bred). - STEVE KNELL
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STEVE KNELL / Dormouse {Muscardinus avellanarius) hibernating, October 2006, Devon, UK (release scheme but captive bred).
Badger (Meles meles) standing at entrance to sett, Mid Devon, England, October - Kevin J Keatley
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Kevin J Keatley / Badger (Meles meles) standing at entrance to sett, Mid Devon, England, October
Red deer (Cervus elaphus) dominant stag amongst bracken, Bradgate Park, Leicestershire, England, UK, October. Did you know? In the past red deer were predated by wolves and to a lesser extent, lynx an... - Danny Green / 2020VISION
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Danny Green / 2020VISION / Red deer (Cervus elaphus) dominant stag amongst bracken, Bradgate Park, Leicestershire, England, UK, October. Did you know? In the past red deer were predated by wolves and to a lesser extent, lynx an...
Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) climbing tree trunk, Formby Red Squirrel reserve, Merseyside, UK, October - Alan Williams
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Alan Williams / Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) climbing tree trunk, Formby Red Squirrel reserve, Merseyside, UK, October
Red deer {Cervus elaphus} adult stag roaring during the October rut, Leicestershire, UK - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Red deer {Cervus elaphus} adult stag roaring during the October rut, Leicestershire, UK
Red deer {Cervus elaphus} adult stag's breath visible in the cold dawn light as it roars during the October rut. Leicestershire, UK - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Red deer {Cervus elaphus} adult stag's breath visible in the cold dawn light as it roars during the October rut. Leicestershire, UK
Evening light on the stone walls and a farms of Wharfedale, nr Kettlewell, Yorkshire Dales National Park, England, UK, October 2008 - David Noton
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David Noton / Evening light on the stone walls and a farms of Wharfedale, nr Kettlewell, Yorkshire Dales National Park, England, UK, October 2008
Horn of plenty / Black chanterelle (Craterellus cornucopioides) growing amongst fallen leaves, Bolderwood, New Forest National Park, Hampshire, England, October - Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Horn of plenty / Black chanterelle (Craterellus cornucopioides) growing amongst fallen leaves, Bolderwood, New Forest National Park, Hampshire, England, October
Glistening ink caps (Coprinus micaceus) Bolderwood, New Forest National Park, Hampshire, England, October - Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Glistening ink caps (Coprinus micaceus) Bolderwood, New Forest National Park, Hampshire, England, October
Guelder Rose (Viburnum opulus) berries in autumn, Perthshire, Scotland, UK, October - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Guelder Rose (Viburnum opulus) berries in autumn, Perthshire, Scotland, UK, October
View up into Beech tree (Fagus sylvatica) in autumn, Berwickshire, Scotland, UK, October - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / View up into Beech tree (Fagus sylvatica) in autumn, Berwickshire, Scotland, UK, October
Otter (Lutra lutra) male on seaweed covered coastline, eating fish, Mull, Scotland. October - STEVE KNELL
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STEVE KNELL / Otter (Lutra lutra) male on seaweed covered coastline, eating fish, Mull, Scotland. October
Double rainbow over Loch Maree, Beinn Eighe NNR, Wester Ross, Scotland, October - Niall Benvie
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Niall Benvie / Double rainbow over Loch Maree, Beinn Eighe NNR, Wester Ross, Scotland, October
Waterfall above Coille na Glas leitre, Beinn Eighe NNR, Wester Ross, Scotland, October - Niall Benvie
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Niall Benvie / Waterfall above Coille na Glas leitre, Beinn Eighe NNR, Wester Ross, Scotland, October
Flock of Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) in flight, autumn, Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour, Dorset, England October - David Kjaer
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David Kjaer / Flock of Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) in flight, autumn, Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour, Dorset, England October
Pink footed geese (Anser brachyrhynchus) flock gliding in to land, Lancashire, UK, October - Alan Williams
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Alan Williams / Pink footed geese (Anser brachyrhynchus) flock gliding in to land, Lancashire, UK, October
Fallow Deer {Dama dama} stag on a frosty morning, Bushy Park, Surrey, England, October 2008 - Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Fallow Deer {Dama dama} stag on a frosty morning, Bushy Park, Surrey, England, October 2008
Two Mallard drakes (Anas platyrhynchos) and a duck swim on ornamental lake, reflected in the water along with golden colours of autumn leaves, Wiltshire, UK, October - Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Two Mallard drakes (Anas platyrhynchos) and a duck swim on ornamental lake, reflected in the water along with golden colours of autumn leaves, Wiltshire, UK, October
Autumnal bracken {Pteridium aquilinum} backlit,  Exmoor National Park, Somerset, UK. October - Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Autumnal bracken {Pteridium aquilinum} backlit, Exmoor National Park, Somerset, UK. October
Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) hinds silhouetted in grassland. Richmond Park, London, UK, October. - Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell / Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) hinds silhouetted in grassland. Richmond Park, London, UK, October.
Oak Tree in field {Quercus robur} Derbyshire, UK, October, sequence 3/4 - Chris O'Reilly
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Chris O'Reilly / Oak Tree in field {Quercus robur} Derbyshire, UK, October, sequence 3/4
Stone walls and barns nr Kettlewell, Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales National Park, England, UK, October 2008 - David Noton
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David Noton / Stone walls and barns nr Kettlewell, Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales National Park, England, UK, October 2008
Carrot (Daucus carota) field with straw stacks prior to crop being clamped for winter, Norfolk, England, UK, October - Gary K. Smith
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Gary K. Smith / Carrot (Daucus carota) field with straw stacks prior to crop being clamped for winter, Norfolk, England, UK, October
Ayrshire dairy herd of Domestic cattle grazing in field with village in background, Hambleden, Bucks, UK, October 2006 - Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Ayrshire dairy herd of Domestic cattle grazing in field with village in background, Hambleden, Bucks, UK, October 2006
Vale of Ewyas, view over Capel-y-ffin and the valley of the Afon Honddu, Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons National Park, Powys, Wales, UK, October 2008 - Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Vale of Ewyas, view over Capel-y-ffin and the valley of the Afon Honddu, Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons National Park, Powys, Wales, UK, October 2008
Bracken (Pteridium aquilinum) bales on Mynydd Illtud Common, to be used for livestock bedding, in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Powys, Wales, UK. October 2009 - Adam Burton
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Adam Burton / Bracken (Pteridium aquilinum) bales on Mynydd Illtud Common, to be used for livestock bedding, in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Powys, Wales, UK. October 2009
Stunted Hawthorn trees in landscape at sunset, Brecon Beacons NP, Powys, Wales, UK, October 2011 - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Stunted Hawthorn trees in landscape at sunset, Brecon Beacons NP, Powys, Wales, UK, October 2011
Oak tree {Quercus robur} Nottinghamshire, UK, October, sequence 3/4 - Chris O'Reilly
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Chris O'Reilly / Oak tree {Quercus robur} Nottinghamshire, UK, October, sequence 3/4
Stone walls and barns nr Kettlewell, Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales National Park, England, UK, October 2008 - David Noton
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David Noton / Stone walls and barns nr Kettlewell, Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales National Park, England, UK, October 2008
Flock of juvenile Common / Eurasian cranes (Grus grus) recently released by the Great Crane Project onto the Somerset Levels and Moors, fly over grazing cattle. Somerset, UK, October 2010. - Nick Upton / 2020VISION
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Nick Upton / 2020VISION / Flock of juvenile Common / Eurasian cranes (Grus grus) recently released by the Great Crane Project onto the Somerset Levels and Moors, fly over grazing cattle. Somerset, UK, October 2010.
Autumn colours near Capel Garmon, Snowdonia National Park, Gwynedd, North Wales, UK, October 2008 - David Noton
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David Noton / Autumn colours near Capel Garmon, Snowdonia National Park, Gwynedd, North Wales, UK, October 2008
Scarlet Hood wax caps growing in grass  {Hygrocybe coccinea} Isles of Scilly, October, UK - Nigel Bean
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Nigel Bean / Scarlet Hood wax caps growing in grass {Hygrocybe coccinea} Isles of Scilly, October, UK
Comma butterfly (Polygonia c-album) feeding on rotting apples. West Sussex, UK, October. - Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Comma butterfly (Polygonia c-album) feeding on rotting apples. West Sussex, UK, October.
Yellow scales lichen (Xanthoria parietina), growing on wooden post, nr Bradworthy, Devon, UK. October - Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Yellow scales lichen (Xanthoria parietina), growing on wooden post, nr Bradworthy, Devon, UK. October
Female Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) perched in roof of an old barn, UK, October - Paul Hobson
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Paul Hobson / Female Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) perched in roof of an old barn, UK, October
Juvenile Red backed shrike (Lanius collurio) Stiffkey, Norfolk, England, October - Robin Chittenden
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Robin Chittenden / Juvenile Red backed shrike (Lanius collurio) Stiffkey, Norfolk, England, October
Parasol mushrooms (Lepiota procera) fruiting bodies on roadside verge, Norfolk, UK, October - Gary K. Smith
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Gary K. Smith / Parasol mushrooms (Lepiota procera) fruiting bodies on roadside verge, Norfolk, UK, October
Female Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) hovering in blue sky, Wirral, UK, October - Graham Eaton
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Graham Eaton / Female Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) hovering in blue sky, Wirral, UK, October
Goldcrest {Regulus regulus} perched, Northumberland, UK, October - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Goldcrest {Regulus regulus} perched, Northumberland, UK, October
Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) perched on Hawthorn, Cheshire, UK, October. - Alan Williams
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Alan Williams / Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) perched on Hawthorn, Cheshire, UK, October.
Two Red Admiral butterflies (Vanessa atlanta)sunning on Beech (Fagus) hedge. Dorset, UK October - Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell / Two Red Admiral butterflies (Vanessa atlanta)sunning on Beech (Fagus) hedge. Dorset, UK October
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