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One in ten participants in new RSPB survey see badgers

Last modified: 13 June 2009

Badger emerging from sett

Our new summer wildlife survey, Make Your Nature Count, has revealed some surprising results in its first few days.

10% of participants so far have reported regular sightings of the elusive badger in their gardens, a higher figure than experts predicted.

And numbers of some amphibians are also high, with 40% of participants so far reporting frogs in their gardens and 19% recording toads.

'10% of participants so far have reported regular sightings of the elusive badger in their gardens.'

Make Your Nature Count is a massive summer wildlife stock-take and will give us information for the first time about the creatures that visit gardens in summer. 

It will also prove how important gardens are for some of our breeding birds and summer migrants at this time of year and help us focus our conservation work.

A first

It is the first time we have asked people about wildlife other than birds in their gardens. Participants are also asked to record garden visitors such as squirrels and foxes.

The survey runs until Sunday and we're calling for more records to be submitted to help paint an even bigger picture of garden wildlife in the summer.

Although it has already shed some light on the large numbers of mammals and amphibians in our gardens, we're still particularly interested in numbers of common garden birds at this time of year.

'So far in the survey, over 110,000 individual birds have been counted of 77 different species'

Big Garden Birdwatch in January gives a picture of winter bird number but information on garden birds in summer will complete the picture.

It is also interested in numbers of baby birds that are in gardens at this time with the breeding season in full swing.

So far in the survey, over 110,000 individual birds have been counted of 77 different species, including many young blackbirds, robins and song thrushes.

Astounding

Richard Bashford, Make Your Nature Count Manager said: "We have a good idea of the sort of wildlife people might see in their gardens at this time but what we don't know is the numbers.

'Already, after just the first few days we are getting information we simply didn't expect. The results are fascinating.'

"Of course we expected some badger sightings, but these are creatures that are more common in the wider countryside than gardens. It’s astounding that one in ten of the households taking part so far have seen them.

"Numbers of amphibians are also high, with 40% of people seeing frogs. I suspect this is because there is a growing appetite for people wanting to make their gardens more wildlife friendly and creating ponds.

"Already, after just the first few days we are getting information we simply didn't expect. The results are fascinating. I would urge everyone to help us paint an even bigger picture of the summer wildlife in this country by taking part this weekend."

Take part in Make Your Nature Count

Taking part in Make Your Nature Count is easy - simply count the birds you see in your garden for one hour this weekend and then answer a few further questions about other wildlife that visits your garden.

How you can help

Love nature? Then tell us what slithers, tweets, forages and snuffles in your garden in our brand new wildlife survey. The big count begins on 2 June!

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