Amphibians doing well in Hastings

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FROGS and toads are flourishing here in Hastings, according to a recent wildlife survey.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds asked local residents to monitor nature in their gardens.

More than half of participants reported sightings of bats, with 54 per cent of respondents seeing frogs in their gardens and 30 per cent recording toads.

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.

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.”