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Autumn

As the weather cools, look for the bright berries of butchers broom, honeysuckle and bryony along the nature trail. From the viewpoint in Ireland Bay shoveller, goldeneye, pochard and wigeon join the local tufted ducks and gadwall.

In September thousands of swallows fly low over the Ley and roost in the reed bed at Torcross. Autumn migration brings less common birds to the Ley or the shingle ridge, including Osprey, black terns, little gull, Mediterranean gull and Dartford warbler.

Blackberry patches and ivy flowers attract butterflies including commas and small tortoiseshell.