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Thousands of you will be joining in this week to take part in the RSPB garden wildlife survey which runs from 5-13 June.

The RSPB is keen to find out as much as they can about mammals such as moles, badgers, foxes as well as birds to build up an accurate picture of what is visiting our gardens at this time of year.

A fox by Mark Hamblin (rspb-images.com):


The wildlife charity also wants to know where you live in order to identify urban, rural and regional variations in species.

Almost 3,000 people took part in the survey last year so it would be great if we can better it this time around. The results made for some interesting reading too. For instance - you're far more likely to see a fox in an urban garden than you are out in a more rural setting.

Taking part is simple - Just spend one hour during the week of 5-13 June counting birds and other wildlife that you see in your garden and record the highest number of each species that you see at any one time.

You'll be able to log all your results on the RSPB website from 5 June - 5 July so don't panic you have plenty of time.

To help you identify birds you can download a bird spotter form. The information you collect can then be transferred to the online form from 5 June onwards.

Bilingual forms are available by phoning 02920 35300.

You can also send in any wildlife pictures to our BBC Wales Nature Flickr group. We've got over 10,000 images in there currently.

Nick from BBC Local NE Wales has also been showcasing some of your local wildlife pictures.

That's it - get out there and get spotting this weekend!

Gull

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