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September (updated on Monday 26 September, 2016)

September was the seventh ( septem ) month of the Roman Year - hence its name!

The warm, sunny and dry weather continued into September until we had a massive rain storm as an Atlantic depression moved through on Saturday 24th. This morning it feels much cooler and much damper as the rain showers have continued. The moorland (see picture below, top left) is still looking good but at its peak with the purple heather contrasting with the bright yellow colour of the western gorse but the bracken is starting to turn.

Moorland birds are far less numerous now as many have started to move southwards or down to the lowlands but there are still ravens, meadow pipits, skylarks and families of stonechats scalding passers-by (see picture below, top right) .


Fungi are neither plants (they don’t have chlorophyll) or animals and are now recognised as a kingdom in their own right. The problem for the amateur enthusiast is that there are so many of them…..several thousand in the UK alone. Fungi like warm moist conditions and the soil has warmed up over the summer to reach a maximum temperature whilst recent rain means we should now start seeing more fungi around.

I led my first foray of the year at Hembury Woods on Sunday 25th (see picture below, bottom left) and numbers were still not up to what we might normally expect at this time of year but there were some outstandingly massive ceps (see picture below, bottom right) that have obviously thrived in the recent warm weather.

Future Events -


I will be leading a foray at Langaford Farm Trust on Sunday October 16th starting at 14.00.

This is a free event but you will have to book in advance with the Langaford Farm Trust. To make a booking please contact them on 01647 432889 or e-mail chlangaford@gmail.com

Telephone (0785 8421 148) or e-mail me at enquiries@dartmoornaturetours.co.uk if you need more information about any of these events.

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