The strong winds brought down most of the leaves before really gaudy autumn colours developed this year.
Here the more distant trees, oaks, are still holding on to their leaves, which have mainly been stripped from the nearer trees.
Milkcaps are a group of toadstool species which produce a fluid when the cap is injured in any way. In some species, such as this, the fluid is white, and looks very like milk.
I had just lightly brushed this specimen while clearing away a bit of debris to get a clearer view. The result: a copious amount of “milk”.
Black-headed gulls are the type of gull most often found inland.
As these pictures show, the name can be misleading.
For most of the year, their heads are white. The black heads are only on the adult birds during the breeding seasons. Even then, the colour is actually a dark chocolate brown which looks black in most lights.
These gulls had landed on the rail around the boating lake in West Park as they kept one beady eye on the people feeding the birds.