BRADFORD has come a close second to Barnsley in the Yorkshire and Humber stakes to find out which city in the region has the most species of wildlife.

Bradford has 1,550 different varieties of wildlife, including insects (419 different species), birds (130), mammals (19) and fish (15).

Barnsley has 1,778 different species, while Wakefield came last with a measly 238.

The research was carried out by and was conducted by collating data from NBN atlas’ ‘explore your area’ tool by setting the radius to 2km and selecting the major cities and towns found per region in England.

With spring fast approaching, the lust for days spent outdoors with wildlife is even more desirable.

The astronomical definition of spring is based on the earth’s orbit around the sun, with the equinox falling on the date in which day and night are almost equal in length.

This year's equinox lands on March 20, marking the official start of spring.

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