Check out our gallery of beautiful autumn animals!
Days are getting shorter, leaves are turning brown and temperatures are dropping – autumn’s here! To celebrate the arrival of this beautiful season, take a look at our favourite autumn animals...
Fast fact: When hedgehogs are born, (there can be up to seven babies in a single litter!) their coat of spines are soft and short. Soon after birth, these spines become sharper and longer, offering protection from predators!
Fast fact: Barn owls do most of their hunting at night. Even when in complete darkness, these amazing birds are still able to detect the tiniest of prey, like voles, using their super-sensitive hearing!
Fast fact: Red squirrels have a big, bushy tail which helps them to balance as they run along branches! Sadly, the number of red squirrels has plummeted since the introduction of grey squirrels from North America. Thankfully, there are lots of conservation projects that are working to increase their numbers.
Fast fact: Red foxes are highly adaptable, which explains why you can find them in so many different environments, from woodlands and mountains to deserts and cities! Their resourcefulness has earned red foxes a reputation for being clever and cunning.
Fast fact: These rusty-red beasts are the UK’s largest land mammals, weighing up to a whopping 190 kilograms. Red deer are native to the UK – they’ve lived in Britain for over 11,000 years!
Fast fact: Wolves are well-known for their spine-chilling howl, which they use to communicate with other wolves. Each wolf’s howl is unique, helping them to identify other members of their pack from their calls alone!
Fast fact: Black-and-white-striped badgers are the UK’s biggest land predator. They are shy, solitary creatures but can be fierce if they feel threatened!
Fast fact: Dormice are expert climbers! Their long toes and sharp claws help them to cling to branches, helping them to avoid predators and forage for their favourite food – nuts and berries!