Garden Watch survey underway in Eastern England

Wednesday 8th June 2011

Rachel Scopes

The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Peterborough wants to know all about the wildlife local residents spy in their gardens.

The Trust is running its GardenWatch survey until Sunday 12 June, a chance to put garden wildlife on the map. Local residents are urged to explore their gardens and tell the Trusr all about the bugs and beasties that visit and the trees, ponds and plants that attract them.

A Community Centre near Huntingdon found a family of blue tits perfectly at home in a wall-mounted ashtray!

In the spring, flocks of waxwings were spotted in the Wildlife Trust's garden in Cambourne, Cambridgeshire and a Cambourne resident contacted the Trust to let it know she spotted a hunting sparrowhawk in her garden. It's also worth looking out for unusual nesting sites – a Community Centre in Brampton, near Huntingdon found a family of blue tits perfectly at home in a wall-mounted ashtray!

Dusk brings hedgehogs and bats out and, for a good way to attract moths, shine a powerful torch on a white sheet hung outside and count the species that are found. For help identifying animals, download Spotters’ Guides from the GardenWatch webpage, www.wildlifebcnp.org/gardenwatch.htm.

For more information and to complete the GardenWatch survey go to: www.wildlifebcnp.org/gardenwatch.htm or call the Wildlife Trust on 01954 713500.


Story by BCNP Wildlife Trust