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    Neighbourhoods with birds could mean higher house prices

    NewsStrange but TrueMonday 10 June 2013
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    Having birds that sing in your back garden is an amazing experience that can give you great relaxation. A new study also carried out shows that it can have benefits for the price of your property.
     
    The study carried out shows that houses that are in areas rich in bird life sell for an average of £21,000 more than those with fewer birds.
     
    The research which attempted to take into account other factors such as the size of the house, age and levels of urbanisation found that even with one uncommon species of bird then this would lead to a higher house price.
     
    The more rare species there were, then the higher the prices became.
     
    Other findings included that nearby parkland did little to influence the number of birds. Their presence is mainly due to domestic gardens of why they are based in the area.
     
    Micahel Farmer who is from Texas Tech University in Lubbock working in the agricultural and applied economics faculty said that “The addition of another desirable, less ubiquitous bird species improves mean home price by $32,028 (£21,000).
    “This is likely due to the human created landscapes on private properties immediately surrounding a home sale.”
     
    Bird song is well known to have many benefits with the main one being that it can help people to relax. A study carried out in Liverpool found that it helped calm young patients in a hospital as they received injections.
     
    The national Turst also suggests that people listen to bird song at least once a day to help improve their moods.
     
    Miles Shipside who works as a housing analyst and commercial director at Rightmove said that “Birds are very sensitive to their environment and it could be a sign of an area having good quality gardens.
    “This would be reflected in the property prices. But in the UK particularly people do also put a high value on wildlife so an area where we can see it and be close to it would be more desirable.”
     
    So if you take pride in your garden then this will increase the price. Birds will also reside there due to the better conditions for them. 
     
    Source: The Telegraph
     
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