From the RSPB
At this time of year, there’s no better place to be than in your own back garden. The flowers are blooming, the bees are buzzing and the newly born wildlife are filling the air with snuffles and, tweets and chirps.
With so much going on, now is the perfect time to enjoy the sights and sounds and do your bit for nature by recording everything you see.
Conservation charity the RSPB is asking everyone to take part in its Make Your Nature Count wildlife survey, which runs from June 2 to June 10.
Although similar to its more well-known Big Garden Birdwatch, this survey not only asks you to count birds but also other wildlife such as hedgehogs, squirrels and deer.
Taking part in the survey will help the RSPB to build an important snapshot of summer wildlife in our gardens and find out which species are thriving and which might need our help.
Last year, 80,000 people took part in the survey across the UK and this year the RSPB is hoping for even more.
In 2011, the survey revealed almost half of UK gardens had baby blackbirds and 33% had regular sightings of bats and frogs.
Further information about the survey can be found at www.rspb.org.uk/naturecount where an online survey form can be downloaded from June 2. Alternatively, a survey form can be also be ordered over the phone by calling 0300 456 8330 until June 6.