Cuckoo Trail Autumn Wildlife Spotter

Seasonal spotter guide on the Cuckoo Trail.

There are lots of plants and animals to spot on the Cuckoo Trail throughout the year.

See how many you can find in Autumn!


Eaten by a wide variety of creatures including birds, mice, squirrels, boar, deer and badgers. If an acorn germinates into an oak tree, the tree can live for 1000 years. Fairies are rumoured to use acorn “cups” to eat and drink from.


Garden orb spider

They have a large white cross shape of spots on their abdomen and spin large, roughly circular silk webs. They sit in the centre of the web waiting for an insect to become trapped, then rush to wrap it in sticky silk. They then kill their victim with a venomous bite!

garden orb spider

Bright red or yellow leaf

Many leaves turn fantastic, bright colours before they drop of the trees in autumn. Types of trees and shrubs which produce bright red or yellow leaves are rowan, field maple, spindle and guelder rose

Grass snake

Can grow up to 1.8m long and prefer damp ground. They can also swim. They are not venomous and are olive-green to brown in colour with black markings spaced evenly down their sides. They are very flexible and can even tie themselves in knots!

grass snake


Can be seen growing from the earth or clinging to trees. They spread via tiny spores-and can produce up to 2.7 billion per day! Do not touch as some are poisonous. Extra points if you spot a classic red and white toadstool called a fly-agaric.


Wood mouse

A small mammal with sandybrown fur, large eyes and ears and a long tail which lives in an underground burrow. They provide food for many other animals including foxes, weasels and owls.

wood mouse


Very similar to a common wasp but chestnut-brown in colour and much larger, growing up to 2.5cm in length. Despite their scary reputation they are quite docile and rarely sting.


Contact WDC’s Wellbeing team for a copy of the Cuckoo trail wildlife spotter guide.