We have two types of maple locally : the field maple and the Norway maple.
Can be confused with sycamore : index.asp?pageid=732404
FIELD MAPLE : Acer campestre
The leaves are comparatively small, dark green and shiny. The five lobes are very much more rounded than other maples.
They fade to a rich, golden yellow before falling in autumn.
NORWAY MAPLE : Acer platanoides
The Woodland Trust tells us that these were introduced in the 17th century. It is known for its hardy timber. Its leaves are a favourite with caterpillars and its seeds are eaten by birds and small mammals.
Maple along the upper Leven towpath in October.
Not all leaves reach the red stage. These are all yellow with some decaying to a dull brown already.
GARDENERS WORD : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maple
WIKIPEDIA : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maple