We’re trying to find out what effect this summer's weather has had on our wildlife, aside from a bumper crop of slugs! Have you noticed anything strange going on with wildlife since August, anything odd going on recently? We've had reports of swallows delaying their migration and hares boxing in October...


Grumpy Swallow, by John Moncrieff

We would love to hear from you about anything weird and wonderful that you have spotted – and it doesn’t have to be weather-related – just any late summer and early autumn anomalies that you’ve come across.

Please send your photos, messages and links to your video clips, either as a response to this blog or to autumnwatch@bbc.co.uk, with the subject header SEASONAL ODDITIES. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

UPDATE: Apologies but we've had a problem with our email address between 11th - 19th October. If you did try to contact us during that period we'd really appreciate it if you re-sent the email. 

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  • Comment number 35. Posted by Dunaskinblue

    on 31 Oct 2012 22:16

    Not sure where to start (please allow for any lack of in-depth knowledge). Pheasants are already showing courting behaviour. Some male chaffinches are remarkably brightly coloured for this time of year. Our normally huge population of snails and slugs appear to have disappeared, yet our garden hedgehogs haven't been seen, nor have they left any "messages" for the last year. Our foxes have vanished (farmers?), but we now have a young badger.

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  • Comment number 34. Posted by Wendy

    on 31 Oct 2012 21:27

    Regarding the climbing shrew, a few years ago, I was woken in the middle of the night by something rustling around in the bedroom. On turning on the light, there was nothing to see, so eventually I went back to sleep. In the morning, sadly there was a dead shrew in the bath!
    I've no idea how it got in the house,let alone upstairs.

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  • Comment number 33. Posted by ngslater

    on 31 Oct 2012 21:08

    we have a lot of badgers foxes and have been told door mice here

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  • Comment number 32. Posted by John West

    on 31 Oct 2012 20:23

    We are keen bird watchers and we have a Coal Tit who appears to behave strangely.
    It is like a squirrel - he takes food from one of our feeders and then proceeds to hide it in the grass or soil. Is this normal for the Coal Tit or have we just got a strange one???
    Thanks John

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  • Comment number 31. Posted by dorsetbird

    on 31 Oct 2012 12:44

    We have a flock of around fifty sparrows roosting in our privet hedge. This has never happened before. They have been showing mating behaviour around our nest boxes but we don't have cameras in the ones they have chosen. Most days they are very noisy early morning until they fly off and they return before dusk being equally noisy..

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  • Comment number 30. Posted by Alison

    on 30 Oct 2012 20:25

    Ramsons was out in the woods in Plymouth, Devon today. Not just one plant but many; poking up through the leaves. You could smell it as you walked through, and a couple of the plants were in full flower! At least 5 months early.

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  • Comment number 29. Posted by Enviro_concerned

    on 29 Oct 2012 11:23

    Here in southwest London we've had very few blackbirds around since the summer, with only a few in september, one or two in October, and none as far as I could see, in late August. A lone female has visited our garden in recent weeks, but no males!

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  • Comment number 28. Posted by Sarah

    on 28 Oct 2012 10:15

    I saw a pair of housemartins in Maidenhead on Friday 26 October.

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  • Comment number 27. Posted by RangerDave

    on 27 Oct 2012 22:34

    Saw 2 Swallows today near Sevenoaks in Kent, hope they make it home to Africa before starving to death?

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  • Comment number 26. Posted by crossbill2

    on 25 Oct 2012 16:51

    I have also seen lots of wasps around in my garden, maybe the fact that, although wet, it has been a relitively mild autumn so far but thats just a wild guess, i have no clue? Anyone got any ideas?

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