People urged to help record region’s wildlife

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KEEN-EYED nature lovers are being sought to help with a summer wildlife survey.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds – RSPB – is inviting people across South Yorkshire to take part in Make Your Nature Count scheme from June 2 to 10.

Members of the public will record the wildlife in their gardens or local park which will form a picture of birds and other animals living in green spaces in the region.

Last year’s survey found that almost half of South Yorkshire gardens had baby blackbirds.

Thirty-six per cent of participants reported seeing bats regularly. Hedgehogs were seen in 26 per cent of gardens monthly compared to 23 per cent nationwide.

Sarah Houghton, the RSPB’s Make Your Nature Count manager, said: “Gardens are teeming with wildlife at this time of year so it’s the perfect time to take a moment and enjoy it.”

n For more information, visit the RSPB website A survey form will be available online from June 2. People wishing to take part can also call 0300 4568330.