Three Things to Do Outdoors This Autumn

You may want to rush inside and turn the heating on at this time of the year – as the temperatures drop, we all experience a change in lifestyle and have an urge to spend more time in the house where it is cosy and warm. However, getting outdoors is not only good for your physical health but also can do wonders for your mental health – out bodies will thank us for getting outdoors – so get some cosy autumn clothes like these womens aran sweaters and head outdoors to enjoy the autumn – here are just three things that you can do outside this autumn…

Make your Own Autumnal Decorations – Nature provides us with an abundance of beautiful things at this time of year, so why not go out and forage for some autumn decorations for your home. With so many beautiful coloured leaves to collect, as well as berries like haws, sloes and rosehips and pine cones you could create your own table centrepiece perfect for an autumn meal with the family, or a wreath for your front door. Get out for a walk in the woods and have a look for things that take your fancy.

You could also go to a local pumpkin farm and choose a pumpkin – this is a really fun activity to do with kids and it helps the local farms too. Take it home and carve it, ready to put in the window or on the doorstep this Halloween with a candle inside.

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Working in the Garden – There are lots of jobs to do in the garden at this time of the year. Plant bulbs ready for next spring in pots or in beds – snowdrops, daffodils and crocus all bloom early in the spring and are a joy to see at the end of a long winter. This is also a good time to make sure that everything in the garden is in good repair. Give wood a new coat of preservative before the weather worsens and make repairs where they are needed – in particular look out for leaky shed roofs and broken fence panels as they will only get worse over the winter months. Also, if you have trees nearby clear up leaves from the lawn – they can smother grass and kill it and also are very slippery underfoot.

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Look out for wildlife – As the trees become bare and sparse this actually makes it a great time of the year to see wildlife. Animals and birds that are usually hidden high up in the canopy under all the leaves are much easier to spot in the autumn. Large birds of prey as well as smaller birds like treecreepers are something to look out for. See the native red squirrels on a trip to the Isle of Wight, parts of Ireland or Anglesey, where there are many of them still thriving too. You can also set up a wildlife feeding station at this time of the year to provide food for birds and squirrels throughout the winter.

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