It is well known that wildlife has an extraordinary ability to survive some of the harshest of conditions, but not all species are prepared to battle the winter elements. When the going gets tough, the tough sometimes go to sleep!
There’s no doubt the summer of 2018 will be remembered as one of the hottest and driest in living memory, with average temperatures over the peak period hitting 15.8°C – a pinch over the previous record of the mythical summer of 1976, when they averaged 15.77°C. While we humans sweltered, Mother Nature took it all in her stride, but wherever there are temperature extremes, there will be winners and losers.
Autumn really is one of the best times to visit the Heart of England Forest, with nature launching its own magnificent variety show as the deciduous trees begin shut down for winter and their leaves offer up a palette of dazzling colours to delight visitors.
As autumn throws a cool, damp blanket over the Heart of England Forest, so conditions become right for a fantastic array of fungi to begin fruiting, but there’s so much more to fungi than first meets the eye.
This year’s Riverside Revelry organised by Barton villagers was held to raise funds for local charities including the Heart of England Forest.