News We Need More Ponds



We need more ponds!
8th August 2018

By Sandra Pearce

The RSPB is urging home owners to build ponds in their gardens in light of falls in sightings of wildlife, including frogs and toads.

Data collected in the RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch revealed that while frogs are still the most commonly seen garden visitors besides birds, sightings have declined in the past four years. The survey, which covered tens of thousands of households, showed frogs were spotted in over three-quarters of gardens in the past year.

However, while they were seen at least monthly in 39% of outside spaces in the last year, the figure is down from 46% in 2014, the last time they were included in the survey. It is a similar story for toads, which were seen in 20% of gardens and outdoor spaces, down from 28% four years ago.

Dr Daniel Hayhow, RSPB conservation scientist, said:  “Most people remember seeing tadpoles at the local pond or a toad emerging from under a rock while they were growing up; these first experiences with nature stay with us forever.
“Unfortunately, the sights and sounds of wildlife that were once common to us are sadly becoming more mysterious.

“There are lots of simple things we can all do in our outdoor spaces to make them perfect for wildlife. Creating a small pond in your garden, or a pool using a washing-up bowl, is so simple to do and could make all the difference.”