RSPB urges people to discover ‘mysterious’ creatures in their garden

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The RSPB Scotland is urging people to discover the ‘mysterious’ creatures on their doorstep by taking up the Wild Challenge this summer.

Wild Challenge is an awards scheme for schools and families. There are 24 activities over two categories – Help Nature and Experience Nature.

People will receive either a bronze, silver or gold award depending on how many are completed.

A survey of almost 15,000 wildlife enthusiasts showed that hedgehogs one of the most popular creatures, being spotted in 57 per cent of Scottish gardens or outdoor spaces.

One of the rarest – great crested newts – were only spotted by two per cent.

James Silvey, from RSPB Scotland, said: ‘Gardens and outdoor spaces are often where we have our first experience with nature, such as blackbirds singing from fences or foxes dashing past. Unfortunately, such garden wildlife and the sounds and sights it creates are becoming less and less familiar for many people.

‘There are lots of ways that we can make our outdoor spaces great homes for nature where wildlife can thrive.

‘From making feeders for your garden birds to building a cosy home for a hedgehog, or simply letting the grass grow to provide an important refuge for invertebrates – simple steps like this can make a big difference to local wildlife.’

To learn more about the RSPB Wild Challenge and to see how to get involved, visitwww.rspb.org.uk/wildchallenge.