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Top 7 things to try on your autumn walk in the forest

With our forests displaying a breath-taking array of colours, autumn is a beautiful season to visit the forest with your family. Hoping for some autumnal activities to do when you get here? Look no further, we have pulled together a list of the top 7 things you can to do on your autumn walk.

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1. Stomp through leaves 

In autumn deciduous trees lose their leaves. Try gathering as many fallen leaves as you can, and have a competition to see who can build the tallest pile. Roll, jump and play in them!

Ever wondered why leaves change colour in autumn? Uncover the science behind the changing season and discover why leaves change colour in this magical season.

2. Look out for the weird and wonderful

Try looking for different coloured fungi on your walk.

Fungi like the damp conditions among the fallen leaves, which create a wonderful rich earthy smell in the forest. Remember they don’t all look like mushrooms and they don’t all grow on the ground – some grow on tree trunks or fallen branches.

Did you know that trees and plants talk to each other through mushrooms? Most of a mushroom's body is made up of thin threads underground. It's recently been discovered that these threads link up, acting "as a kind of underground internet", linking the roots of the trees and plants nearby and allowing them to share nutrients.  

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Child holding pine cones

3. Become a cone collector

During the autumn, trees produce hundreds of seeds in the hope that a few will find the perfect place to land and grow into a tree.

Look under the conifer trees, and see how many cones you can find. Can you see the seeds inside? 



4. Download the autumn activity pack

Get your hands on the autumn activity pack. Inside you'll find some great activities to bring sights, sounds and smells of the forest to life for your children:

  • Forage for forest fruits to taste and make into blackberry art
  • Explore the spectrum of autumn colours and create leaf fireworks
  • Hunt for seeds, conduct a helicopter race and make a bookmark
  • Reflect on how autumn makes you feel with Mind, the mental health charity
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Child holding autumn seeds

5. Explore your senses

Autumn is a fantastic time to look, listen and reflect on the things all around you. Did you know that simply taking time to be mindful can be beneficial for children's health and wellbeing? 

Download our forest bathing activity sheet, find a quiet spot where your kids feel safe and relaxed and start practicing the art of forest bathing with our downloadable activity sheets.

6. Take photos as a family

When everything around us is more colourful and there's a lovely autumn light in the woods, it can be a great time to get some memorable snaps.

Try teaching your kids the basics of lighting and the "rule of thirds", or simply set up the timer and line up a seasonal family portait!

Don't forget to share your autumnal photos using #AutumnLeafWatch on Twitter and Instagram or by posting them directly on to our Facebook page. We want to see how autumn captivates your senses. Photos can be landscapes, macros, portraits, selfies, wildlife - if it's autumnal, we want to see it! If it's good, you're in with a chance of winning some pretty slick prizes too.

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Pile of blackberries

7. Pick some blackberries

Eating blackberries is a great way to make your autumn walk even healthier – they are one of your five-a-day after all.

These juicy morsels have  been a popular snack for many years. In fact, archaeologists found blackberries in the stomach of a Neolithic man!

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