More than 100,000 wildlife enthusiasts around the UK, including almost 4500 in Cheshire took part in the survey. Results from the county showed that hedgehogs were seen in 60 per cent of gardens or outdoor spaces. Worryingly the spiny mammals were absent from a fifth of Cheshire gardens.
For the second year running participants were asked to keep an eye out for foxes and stoats. The results showed that foxes remained a common garden visitor in Cheshire with over 60 per cent spotting one throughout the year.
“There are simple things we can all do to make our gardens perfect of wildlife. From creating a feeding station for birds or hedgehogs to digging a small pond to help amphibians, these easy activities can help turn your garden into a wildlife haven.”
With the wildlife on people’s doorsteps becoming increasingly mysterious to them, the RSPB is calling on Cheshire families to spend more time outside this summer and reconnect with the nature that surrounds them by taking on the Wild Challenge.
By completing fun and engaging activities ranging from minibeast safaris and rock pooling to creating a hedgehog cafe and planting for wildlife, families can take their first steps on their own wild adventure. There are 24 activities to choose from that will take you from your own back garden to exploring towns, cities, woodlands and the coast.
Emma Reed, RSPB Education, Families and Youth Manager in Northern England, said: “Studies have shown how getting outside and discovering nature is really important for children’s mental and physical well being and it also provides memorable, fun family time. Every child should have the opportunity to connect with nature so the RSPB’s Wild Challenge is a great way to take your family on a wild adventure.”
The RSPB’s ambition is for the Wild Challenge to help more families across the country reap the benefits of spending time outside in nature. Research has shown that children who have a healthy connection to nature are more likely to benefit from higher achievement at school, better mental and physical health, and develop stronger social skills.
To learn more about the RSPB Wild Challenge and to see how you can take your firsts steps on your own wildlife adventure, visitrspb.org.uk/wildchallenge