It’s definitely getting chillier and autumn only started this week! Sadly it won’t be long before the summer patio stuff gets relegated to the shed. Unlike my mom, I am a fair weather braai – er (bbq-er for those not in the know!), although I have been known to do a Christmas day steak on the braai before which was simply delicious!
We had to have a new boiler installed a few months ago so I am really looking forward to having a toasty warm house and hot water on demand. This wasn’t the case last winter as we had to manually switch the hot water on every time we needed it – very frustrating to say the least.
While most of us don’t have to worry about how we’ll stay cosy this winter, it’s not quite so easy for the wildlife in our gardens. Due to many factors including gardens getting tidied up and houses being built, we are slowly but surely destroying nature’s natural habitats. All animals need warmth, shelter and food to survive (just like us).
Currently, 1 in 10 of the 6000 wildlife species native to Britain are endangered. That’s a lot. If we don’t help to give nature back the homes we’re destroying, things will start to disappear.
The RSPB is doing an amazing job of making it really easy for us all to make a difference by giving nature a home. Sign up and have a browse of their fantastically free and easy to navigate website for some ideas on what you and your family can do to help.
With step by step guidelines on how to build homes for creatures like bees, hedgehogs, frogs and bats, to caring for your flowering plants, feeding the birds and making a small water feature, there are loads of activities to choose from, no matter the size of your outside space.
So, before it gets too cold, why not get out there with the kids (or without if you’d rather!) and take the time to learn about, think about and care about the small things?