Gardeners go wild for hedgehogs

GARDENS in Northumberland regularly see a wide variety of wildlife, including bats, badgers, frogs and hedgehogs.

The RSPB Make Your Nature Count summer wildlife survey showed that more than 40 per cent of gardens in the county regularly see bats while more than a quarter have hedgehogs and 4.2 per cent have badgers.

Participants were also asked about frogs, toads and great crested newts and while nearly 30 per cent regularly saw frogs, only 11.3 per cent were visited by toads and 0.9 per cent by the newts.

The survey, which ran from June 4 to 12 and included 50,000 homes across the UK, showed that toads were twice as likely to occur in rural gardens than urban ones but frogs were almost evenly spread across both types of garden.

Mark Eaton, an RSPB scientist who analysed the results, said: “It’s fantastic that so many people in Northumberland are seeing such a variety of wildlife and while some of our favourite species seem to have had a good year, we’d urge everyone to keep doing all the fantastic things they are doing to help look after these creatures.”