THE RSPB’s summer wildlife survey revealed some unexpected results in Sussex.
In the first few days of the survey, which ended in June more than half the participants reported sightings of bats showing how important gardens are for them.
Numbers of amphibians spotted were also high, with 54 per cent reporting frogs in their gardens and 30 per cent recording toads.
The survey is a UK-wide stocktake of summer wildlife and gives the RSPB information about creatures visiting gardens in summer.
This year, as well as common garden birds, the charity is interested in creatures associated with water, such as frogs, toads, newts and beetles.
It is concerned about how the early dry weather has affected wildlife because access to water is important for many creatures.