All change at Kingcombe!
With the nights drawing in and the colder weather on its way, you can be forgiven for thinking that the countryside does not have much to offer this time of year, but at Kingcombe nothing could be further from the truth!
Fruits and berries, hedgerows covered in the gold, red and amber are just some of the changes indicative of autumn at Kingcombe. Centre manager Nick Tomlinson tells us why this is such a great time to explore the area.
“There are so many signs of autumn all around us. Most people will use trees as a guide, and we can already see the tri-coloured warm browns and oranges of hazel tree leaves and the ash leaves starting to fall. Hedges will also soon be lit up with a vast array of warm autumn colours it’s a real feast for the eyes!”
There will also be some easily identifiable features, so you can enjoy it regardless of your wildlife knowledge. In hedgerows the raw, red blobs of rosehips are dotted everywhere, and amongst them, are the bright flame red sprays of Guelder Rose berries. But a warning comes from Nick when exploring these berries: “However attractive these berries may look, please remember they are highly poisonous. In the words of the herbalist, Nicolas Culpeper, ‘they trouble the stomach much!’”
You might also be able to see the only UK representative of the yam family - the bright scarlet berries of the Black Bryrony. They can usually be found draped across the hedgerows like carelessly thrown strings of blood red pearls!
Winter will be with us in no time, so now is the time to get out to Kingcombe and see one of nature’s greatest shows. We will provide the tea and home-made cake at the café all you need is your walking boots and possibly a camera!