Go on a mini-safari
It’s amazing what you can find. Woodland safaris work best, but you’re bound to encounter wildlife anywhere you go outdoors – albeit on a miniature scale. Take a magnifying glass and guide book, keep your eyes peeled, and see how many different species of trees, flowers, slugs, snails, insects, birds, small mammals and fungi you can spot. (The Woodland Trust has lots of information on what you’re likely to see.) Care for nature by leaving it in peace afterwards – though a notepad and a sketching pencil will help you remember what you’ve seen.
Get your wellies on
Sometimes the simplest things in life are the best. Instead of complaining about the autumnal weather, pull on a pair of wellingtons. Splash, wade or paddle your way through any puddles you find. Swoosh through piles of crisp fallen leaves. Go for a walk first thing in the morning when the grass is soaked with dew.
And all with dry toes!
Have a bonfire
A sure way to keep cosy on chilly evenings: light a campfire (with due regard to fire safety, of course). Tell stories, sing songs, or just have a proper heartfelt chat. Best of all, the smell of woodsmoke will remind you of all the things you love about autumn.