EXPERTS are surprised by the amount of wildlife in local gardens after the publication of the RSPB’s “Make Your Nature Count” survey.
For the first time the RSPB has not only asked for information about birds, but other wildlife visiting British gardens in summer as well.
More than a third of gardens in the West Midlands county are home to foxes, over a fifth to hedgehogs and more than 40 per cent of participants recorded seeing frogs on a regular basis. Squirrels and badgers are also seen frequently.
Louise Pedersen from the RSPB’s Birmingham Office said:“We’ve been surprised at the diversity. Many people are seeing species more associated with the wider countryside.”
The survey, which took place in June, has also revealed that gardens have on average 10 different species of birds present at that time of year. The blackbird is the most frequent visitor recorded in 93 per cent of all gardens, followed by the woodpigeon in 92 per cent.
Louise added: “Gardens are an excellent habitat for a range of different species. As more and more people realise the importance of feeding and gardening for wildlife they are delighted by the variety of species visiting their garden, regardless of size and location.
“There is also a growing appetite for people creating ponds, wildlife areas and feeding areas.”
However, the RSPB is concerned about a decline of summer visitors, such as swifts, whose numbers have declined by almost a third since 1994. It is believed that this is due to building improvement or demolition causing a loss of nest sites.