Getting Kids Interested in Wildlife
As wildlife enthusiasts ourselves we are well aware of the joys and benefits of a healthy interest in the natural world. We’re keen to share our enthusiasm with the next generation and offer a range of products specifically for children, as well as a whole range of other items to help people to encourage more wildlife into their gardens.
The most obvious way of attracting wildlife is to provide food for the birds in your garden. This doesn’t just help the birds that you regularly see in your garden, but may also give fleeting visitors like Siskins or Redpolls a reason to stay around. Many of our most common garden visitors are bright, attractive birds that are hard to ignore, which is probably why so many naturalists cite watching garden birds in childhood as the initial spark that fired a lifetime’s interest.
Bird feeding is a year round past time that gives you a glimpse into the private world of some of our most captivating wildlife, and is a great way of encouraging a deeper interest in wildlife.
We have feeding house kits that enable children to build and decorate their own bird feeder so that it is uniquely theirs, and we also offer a nest box kit that allows even small children, with some gentle supervision, to have a personal connection with the birds that use it during the breeding season.
Specialist foods and accommodation can encourage charismatic wildlife such as hedgehogs into gardens and offer a chance to watch them undisturbed from a convenient window, whilst also helping the wildlife by providing good quality nutrition.
Wildlife gardening is a subject that has filled many excellent books, but simply gardening in a more benign way, reducing or eliminating the use of chemicals and allowing space for wildlife are all good ways of increasing the value of your garden a whole range of creatures.
We have a great range of wildlife identification guides, viewing lenses and bug viewers designed to give children a memorable one-on-one encounter with common garden invertebrates. In our experience most youngsters need very little encouragement to look at minibeasts and will delight in identifying features on creatures that initially look like aliens!
We can’t imagine life without an interest in the natural world and we welcome the chance to encourage that interest in others.