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5 September 2018

Autumn: a time of change

Autumn is coming, with its beautiful burning colours and hints of winter. This season is one of great natural change, an important time for the biodiversity in many of Europe’s Natura 2000 sites. The Black Sea Biogeographical Region sees an awesome migration every autumn. Each year, more than 90,000 raptors, 30,000 pelicans, 240,000 storks and thousands of waders and passerines travel through the western Black Sea Region as they head towards their winter homes. Autumn is a time of change, with the leaves turning and the nights lengthening, but for no-one is it more a time of change than for these animals!   In the Ambroz Valley, Spain, autumn is a very special time. The district holds a traditional “calbota” (roasted chestnut party) every autumn where hundreds of people come to the forest and enjoy chestnuts and sangria together while traditional music plays. Stage productions are also held, along with fungi events and nature days. Ambroz Valley’s Magic Autumn perfectly combines nature and culture, just like our Go Wild! Stay Cultured photo contest.   Why not visit a Natura 2000 site near you this autumn and take a photo capturing this season to enter into our competition and promote our beautiful biodiversity? Autumn