Gardens rich in wildlife

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More than a third of gardens in South Yorkshire are regularly visited by bats, according to participants in the RSPB’s summer wildlife survey Make Your Nature Count.

The results showed bats are twice as likely to be seen in rural gardens as urban ones. Wildlife friendly gardens with plenty of shrubs and trees are particularly attractive to bats.

People in every UK county took part in this year’s survey, which ran from June 4 to 12 and more than 50,000 gardens were involved.

Participants were also asked to record frogs and toads.

Frogs were seen regularly in a third of South Yorkshire gardens, and toads in 11 per cent.