The RSPB’s summer wildlife survey, Make Your Nature Count, has revealed some unexpected results in Sussex.
In the first few days of the survey, which ended on Sunday, June 12 over half of participants reported sightings of bats, showing how important gardens are for them. And numbers of amphibians spotted were also high, with 54% of participants reporting frogs in their gardens and 30% recording toads. Make Your Nature Count is a UK-wide stocktake of summer wildlife and gives the RSPB information about the creatures visiting gardens at this time of year.
This year, as well as common garden birds, the wildlife charity is interested in creatures that are 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.
Christina MacFarquhar of the RSPB South East, said, “We know that lots of people regularly see frogs and bats, but we didn’t anticipate the numbers being as high as they have been.
“It’s great that more than half of those who took part in the survey get to see them, and it shows just how important gardens are for these creatures.
“We’ll get an even clearer idea of what’s been happening when the final results come out in August.”