In pictures: Wild autumn in WalesPublished11 October 2013SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingimage captionThere are around 6,000 grey seals found in Welsh waters. Seal pups can be seen between September and November in quiet coves along our coast.image captionOctober is a great time of year to see garden spiders as males come out of their hiding places in search of a mate.image captionThere are lots of caterpillars around this month, from the plain to the weird and wonderful such as this pale tussock moth.image captionAutumn sees the start of the rutting season as male deer lock antlers to fight over the females. These fallow deer bucks were spotted squaring up by Mike Warburton in Margam Country Park.image captionAmethyst deceiver fungi are a bright purple toadstool that can be found amongst the dead leaves at this time of year.image captionIbises aren't very common in the UK, but one species, the glossy ibis, occasionally arrives as a stray from southern Europe. Laurence Clark spotted this one on the River Clwyd.image captionLeaping sea trout (sewin) in the River Tawe, fighting the raging torrents to spawn in the quieter waters upstream.image captionRose hips are in abundance right now and have been used since medieval times for cooking and contain twenty more times vitamin C than oranges.image captionDragonflies are still very active at the moment but the recent cold snap may have grounded a few. Steve Liptrot spotted this common darter in Margam Country Park.image captionA little grebe biting off more than it can chew. These dumpy little birds change colour after the breeding season, losing their distinctive red neck for a duller brown and white colour in the autumn.