Sherpa Consulting Footer file

Garden Wildlife Survey

In 2011 PWWG asked villagers to complete a questionnaire about animals seen in their gardens in 2011 and in previous years. We were hoping to get a picture of the current levels of wildlife and whether populations were increasing or decreasing.

Response

Wrestlingworth: 42 gardens, 15 with ponds and 22 with some uncultivated area.
Cockayne Hatley: 2 gardens, 1 with a pond and 1 with some uncultivated area.
The results are summarized in the table below.

Survey of Garden Wildlife in Wrestlingworth & Cockayne Hatley
Animal 2011 Previous years* Observed change Comments
Frogs 9 26 >50% drop  
Frog Spawn 4 7 <50% drop One infertile in 2011
Smooth Newts 6 13 >50% drop  
Great Crested Newts 1 1 Limited data Plus 2 verbal reports
Toad 2 11 >50% drop  
Common Lizard 1 5 Limited data  
Grass Snake 6 6 >No change  
Hedgehog 12 23 <50% drop  
Squirrel 31 31 No change 1 Black
Rabbit 19 18 No change  
Rat 5 19 >50% drop  
Small Rodents 26 26 >No change Mainly mice, voles and a few shrews
Bat 15 18 No change  
Deer 7 14 50% drop Mainly muntjac
Fox 7 11 <50% drop  
Hare 2 3 No change  
Badger 0 1 No change  
Stoat 0 5 Limited data  
Weasel 0 4 Limited data  
Mole 12 16 No change  
*Interpretation of data is limited as 1 year is compared with several years