Take Part in Our Survey Today - Put Norfolk's Wildlife on the Map

Take Part in Our Survey Today - Put Your Garden Wildlife on the Map

We all know how important gardens can be for wildlife.  With a little bit of thought we can turn our gardens into mini-nature reserves for amphibians, birds, mammals and a whole host invertebrates. This summer Norfolk Wildlife Trust would love to hear about the wildlife that inhabits your garden, so keep your eyes peeled in June, July and August for:
•    Hedgehog
•    Song thrush
•    Grass snake
You don’t have to be an expert to make a valuable contribution to local knowledge of Norfolk’s wildlife. Recording wildlife is an easy way to get involved in wildlife conservation; it is a way of helping us to monitor wildlife within the county, helping us to gain an understanding of an animal’s or plant’s distribution. Every wildlife record counts and will be of value to us. Your sightings can help us identify areas which are especially important for wildlife in your local area and help us identify species in decline or under threat.

So this summer why not help Norfolk’s wildlife by telling us where and when you see hedgehogs, song thrushes and grass snakes?

Our current total of wildlife records submitted for this survey are

Song Thrush


Grass Snake

Log your wildlife sightings here...

Sighting locations so far...


Grass Snake
Song Thrush

Take Part in Our Survey Today - Put Your Garden Wildlife on the Map

During June, July and August we are asking people to help us record three animals that are regularly found in gardens. So this summer listen out for the repetitive song of the song thrush, scan your pond for the presence of a grass snake and pop out at night to see if you can spot the nocturnal goings on of a hedgehog. Your wildlife sightings can help us identify areas which are especially important for wildlife in your local area. To find out more about why we are gathering sightings see below. Every wildlife records counts, take part today!

Interested in finding out more about wildlife gardening, why not take a look at our set of wildlife gardening leaflets

Find out more about our survey species:
This common and familiar mammal is easily recognisable with its many spines, long dark snout, ...
Song Thrush
These small, brown birds has a slightly jerky flight and yellow plumage can be seen the wing. ...
Grass Snake
A slowly declining snake, which can vary in colour from greens, greys, browns and, occasionall...
Hedgehogs, song thrushes and grass snakes are all declining species both nationally and in Norfolk and gardeners can play a key part in protecting them.  With a little thought, your garden can become a wildlife haven offering shelter from the elements, food and water. Here are some simple ways that you can help Norfolk’s wildlife in your garden:

Song Thrush:

•    Avoid cutting hedges during the breeding season, March to August.
•    In severe winters when the ground is hard, leave raisins, currants and apples on the ground for thrushes to feed on.


•    A pile of leaves left in a quiet, sheltered part of your garden may encourage a hedgehog to build a winter nest site.
•    Hedgehogs will eat at least 100 invertebrates, such as snails, slugs and worms every night. By creating a woodpile, building a compost heap and allowing an area of your garden to go wild you can attract their food to your garden.

Grass Snake:

•    Log piles and rocks are attractive to grass snakes as daytime resting places and for hibernation.
•    Build a compost heap. This will provide grass snakes with plenty of food and the heat generated from the rotting vegetation keeps them warm.

Your records will help us build a picture of the distribution of these species in Norfolk and demonstrate the important role gardens play in providing a safe refuge for Norfolk’s Wildlife.

Song Thrush

•    Song thrushes have suffered a serious decline in numbers nationally, with more than a 50% reduction since the 1970s.

•    Song thrushes break the shell of a snail by hitting it against a stone; this is known as an anvil.

•    Song thrushes are present in Norfolk all year round. During September to November migrant thrushes arrive from Scandinavia, Germany and Russia, some stay in Norfolk whilst others move on to Spain and Portugal.

•    Settlers in Australia and New Zealand took the song thrush with them to remind of home. They did not survive in Australia, but in New Zealand they are now one of the commonest birds.

•    Most song thrush pairs will have two or three broods a season, and four broods are recorded occasionally.


•    Hedgehogs were also called hedge pigs.

•    In the 1980s hedgehog flavoured crisps were made, but luckily they didn’t contain any hedgehog!

•    An adult hedgehog has 5,000 to 7,000 spines.

•    A baby hedgehog is called a hoglet.

•    There may be up to 500 fleas on one hedgehog but the specific hedgehog flea (known as Archaepsylla erinacei) rarely bites humans.

Grass Snake

•    Grass snakes are very timid and if they are threatened they will play dead.

•    To deter a predator a grass snake and can produce a foul smelling liquid from their anal glands.

•    Grass snakes are the longest British snake and can be up to a 150 cm long.

•    Grass snakes are also known as water snakes.

•    If escaping a predator a grass snake can hold its breathe underwater for 20 minutes.


Download the reports on our previous surveys

   Brown-hare,-barn-owl-and-common-frog-survey-April,-May-and-June-2015 Download   
   Hedgehog,-House-Martin-and-Red-Admiral-Survey-August-2015 Download   
   Water-vole,-grass-snake-and-Himalayan-balsam-survey-July-2015 Download   
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How to take part in this wildlife survey...


The quickest way to take part is by clicking on the submit button below. You will then be asked: what you saw, when you saw it, where you saw it and who you are.

By phone

Phone Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife Information Service on 01603 598333. Don’t forget you will need to tell us: what you saw, when you saw it, where you saw it and who you are.

By e-mail

Send us an email to wild@norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk. Don’t forget you will need to tell us: what you saw, when you saw it, where you saw it and who you are.

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