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Get outside for the summer of wildlife

You might not think there’s much to see in the UK when it comes to wildlife.

While we don’t have lions, tigers, elephants and bears, there are still plenty of interesting and exciting natural wonders to be found on British shores.

The next few months could be the ideal time to get out and sample these wild delights, as the BBC has launched its Summer of Wildlife campaign. A number of programmes will be shown across the broadcaster’s channels in the coming months that are designed to encourage Brits to get outside and learn about the wildlife on their doorstep.

We take a look at a few ways you can enjoy the UK’s wild side below.

Out and about 

No matter where you live in the UK, you shouldn’t have to travel too far to find some interesting wildlife. Even in a seemingly concrete jungle like London, you can make the trip to Richmond Park and see deer and a variety of bird species.

Some of the best places to see wildlife are Scotland and Wales, where the rugged terrain and lower density of people allows rarer species like the golden eagle, red squirrel and pine marten to live undisturbed.

Nature at home 

You can even enjoy British wildlife from the comfort of your own home. If you have a garden you’ll almost certainly be able to spot a few species of bird and putting out feeders will allow you to attract even more.

Looking out for all the different types of insects and creepy crawlies that live in the garden can be fun for children and if you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of a mammal like an urban fox or hedgehog.

Stay shaded

However you choose to enjoy the summer of wildlife, make sure you and your family stay protected from the threat of sunburn.

One of the best ways to do this is to purchase a sail shade for your garden. These structures can block out almost all of the sun’s damaging rays and will provide you with peace of mind as you enjoy the outdoors.

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