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The wilder side of autumn

JUST A FLEETING MOMENT in the moss-draped mossdrapedt – a red deer stag turns his head to look right at photographer Terry Whittaker before disappearing into the thicket of birch. Taken early one autumn morning in Glen Affric, deep in the Scottish Highlands, this image was highly commended in the 2016 British Wildlife Photography Awards, whose finalists have now been announced. See all the winning photos in an exhibition that’s touring the country until summer 2017, with early stops including Astley Hall in Lancashire and Gloucester’s Nature in Art Gallery ( Look out too for the new bookBritish Wildlife Photography Awards: Collection 7(£25; AA Publishing).


• Red deer are the UK’s largest wild land mammal, and autumn months show them at their most impressive during the rut. Watch males battle each other for mates in London’s Richmond Park and the Isle of Jura. See for more spots.

• November is peak time for starling ‘murmurations’ – giant flocks that dance in hypnotic patterns. You’ll need a bit of luck to catch a showing: try one of the RSPB’s recommended list of reserves, such as Marazion Marsh in Cornwall (

• Spring heralds new life for many species, but for grey seals, autumn is the pupping season. Around 160 are born on Skomer Island in Pembrokeshire (

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NEW TO PARIS’S 1ST ARRONDISSEMENT, with the likes of the Ritz and the Louvre as near neighbours, Le Roch Hotel & Spa leaves gilded ornament to others as it goes instead for something of a 1950s look, all black, white and blue. With 32 rooms, five suites and a living-room-like lounge stocked with art books, it’s a relatively intimate place on a street leading to the gardens of the Tuileries. Restaurant menus are designed by chef Arnaud Faye – who has won two Michelin stars for his previous work – with a preference for Mediterranean tastes (from £345;

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