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Summer is over for this year, there’s a definite chill in the air and the kids are back to school. Before you know it we’ll be surrounded by Christmas songs and it’ll start snowing. This means that most of us will now be heading indoors, leaving our gardens behind till next spring.
It’s natural to want to stay warm inside the home, but when you’re curled up in the living room you’ll be missing nature running wild in your garden. There have been numerous studies to show the benefits of viewing wildlife. From faster recovery times from illness, to reduced stress, the benefits of sitting back and admiring the great outdoors are well established.
Whatever the size of your garden you can invite nature into your space for you and the family to admire.
A great way to get kids out into the fresh air is to organise a tracking experience. If you move carefully and quietly you’ll be able to spot the tracks of any visitors to your garden. Snow really helps for this activity, but because some plants shrink over winter more of the ground is exposed. This means when kids wander over a particularly muddy patch of your garden they’ll leave behind a trail.
Some of the more common tracks to finds are of birds and local cats, but why not be on the lookout for rabbits, foxes and other creatures native to your local area.
If you want to see more wildlife in your garden then you need to make it welcoming. Why not pile some logs into one corner to give hedgehogs somewhere to nest, build a food table to keep your feathered friends fed when food isn’t as readily available.
Once you’ve made your garden animal friendly, you can retreat back to the conservatory and watch your furry friends explore their new home. Your kids will love seeing the animals and thanks to the technology used in the glass in our conservatories you’ll be able to stay warm will you watch your garden come to life.
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