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More than half of Britain’s gardeners did not spot a hedgehog, owl, frog, fox, mouse or bat, in their gardens in 2016, as wildlife experts warn that the once common animals are continuing to decline.
The annual survey by BBC Gardening World Magazine found there has been a further drop in hedgehog sightings as well as a decline in most garden birds, and butterflies.
51 per cent of people said they did not see a single hedgehog in their garden throughout the year, compared to 48 per cent in 2015, even though the warmer weather at the beginning of winter meant that the animals hibernated much later and so should have been visible for longer.