Common frogs are seen the most in Northumberland

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Nearly half of people in Northumberland see common frogs in their gardens on a regular basis, a survey has revealed.

This year, for the first time in its 36-year history, the Big Garden Birdwatch participants were asked to tell the RSPB about other wildlife that visits their gardens throughout the year, including common frogs, red and grey squirrels, badgers and hedgehogs.

Almost half a million people took part in the Big Garden Birdwatch and most of them supplied extra information on the other garden wildlife they see.

According to the national results, grey squirrels came out on top overall, with 72 per cent of people seeing them in their gardens at least once a month.

However, in Northumberland, only 18 per cent see a grey squirrel in their gardens regularly, with 60 per cent recording they never see a grey squirrel in their gardens.

The red squirrel was seen by 14 per cent of people in Northumberland but the least seen nationally.

Less than a third of participants in Northumberland saw hedgehogs in their gardens regularly.

In Northumberland, 41 per cent of participants see a common frog in gardens regularly.

Last year, 25 wildlife organisations, including the RSPB, released the groundbreaking State of Nature report revealing 60 per cent of the wildlife species studied have declined over recent decades.

Many garden favourites were among the creatures shown to be in serious trouble including starlings and hedgehogs, as well as some butterflies and ladybirds.

Daniel Hayhow, RSPB conservation scientist, said: “This massive survey shows how important our gardens are for the amazing variety of wildlife living there.

“The State of Nature report showed that we need more information across many species groups, so widening the Big Garden Birdwatch’s scope to include other animals made perfect sense.

“This is the start of something big and something very, very important.In a few years’ time we’ll be able to compare how the distribution of garden wildlife may have changed.

“Hopefully, the fact that more people are helping to give nature a home in their gardens and outside spaces will mean we see improvements rather than declines.”

The Northumberland top eight - 1 common frog; 2 hedgehog; 3 common toad; 4 grey squirrel; 5 red squirrel; 6 roe deer; 7 badger; 8 Muntjac deer.