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The rodent problem and feeding of garden birds



Jean Powley

The Rodent Problem and Feeding of Garden Birds

Many people tell me that they don’t put out bird food because it encourages rats into their gardens. Rats, being highly adaptable and resourceful creatures are always going to be around and some people actually don’t mind having them in their garden. If you like feeding garden birds and are worried about rats, there are some ways of dealing with the problem. These are as follows:

  1. Don’t put out food on the ground.
  2. If you have a pole with hanging feeders, fit a squirrel/rat guard on the pole.
  3. Put out bird food which leaves little mess, i.e. sunflower hearts.
  4. If you have a bird table, clear it of food every evening and put out fresh food in the morning.
  5. Reduce the amount of food you put out so it matches the amount of birds which visit your garden.

If the above fails, you could stop putting bird food out for a short period, i.e. a couple of weeks and then try again or if you think the problem is out of control, contact your local council environmental department.

If you must put out rat poison, please ensure that no other creatures can get to it otherwise you could potentially kill hedgehogs, foxes, badgers and domestic pets. So be very careful how you go about this. Some poisons don’t even work as rats are becoming immune to them.

Rats have been around for quite a long while. They originally came from Asia and appeared in the British Isles around the early 18th century and many arrived on ships. Since then, they have multiplied and there are now thought to be 15 million of them in Britain.

The increase of numbers is partly our own fault. We provide cosy warm habitats for them, i.e. outbuildings, sheds, decking, compost heaps, rubbish tips, and sewers. We deposit unwanted food around our streets. Where there are humans, there will always be rats.

Is there anything good to say about these creatures? Well, yes there is actually. Whether we like them or not, they are part of our ecosystem. They provide food for foxes, stoats and barn owls and because of their natural habit of foraging they help to disperse seed. Also, their digging of burrows aerates the soil thus improving its quality but most importantly, they clear up our huge amounts of waste and that is never ending.

Jean Powley

Jean is a voluntary Ambassador for the British Trust for Ornithology’s Garden BirdWatch scheme in Nottinghamshire. If you enjoy watching birds and other wildlife which visit your garden, Garden BirdWatch may be perfect for you. If you would like a free information pack about the scheme, contact Jean at or visit


A most enjoyable and thought-provoking talk was given at the W.I. Meeting of 19th September, the talk being entitled “An Insight of an Adopted Child” and was given by Margaret Clarke.

The Centenary Friendship Group, its first meeting, well attended, having been held on Tuesday, 5th September, will continue on the first Tuesday of every month between 2.00 — 4.00pm at “The Institute,” Roe Lane, and will include activities and refreshments.

The October Walk will be held on Monday 2nd October — meeting at the Village Hall at 10.00am with cars; there will, however, be a car-share.

The next Committee Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 9th October at 10.ooam at Catherine Jones’.

The August Outing Hammond’s Farm went very and was well attended. We were lucky that the good weather held out — only breaking into rain about two hours after our return. A goodly sum was donated to the “Nottinghamshire & Lincolnshire Air Ambulance.”

The next WI Meeting will take place on Monday, 16th October and the talk will be entitled “What is a Samaritan’s Purse;” it will be given by Carol Henderson. The Competition will be entitled “An Evening Purse.”

Woodborough W.I. Meetings are held at the Village Hall at 7:30pm on the third Monday of each month. Visitors and new members are most welcome. For further details contact Jenny on (0115) 965 4186.

The return to school after the Summer Holidays has had rather an arable feel to it at Salterford House School this year. For children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 the topic this term is food and harvest, both locally and globally. The children from these classes were fortunate enough to go on a school trip within the first week of term, much to their excitement. They visited Hammonds Farm and had a wonderful time learning about arable farming, exploring the land and tasting a variety of locally grown produce.

They were able to harvest and wash their own vegetables and each brought home a bag bulging with fresh supplies, no doubt to continue the learning experience in the kitchen at home. They rounded off their day with a visit to the farm pigs and a trailer ride around much of the farm to see the scale of what is produced. Once back at school the fun continued. Our reception class cooked some of the potatoes they brought back and made a rumble crumble pie with the rhubarb.

Next week they have a visit from a large supermarket chain who will explain what happens once the supplies leave the farm. Year 1 are linking in this farm visit with their topic of local geography and different types of land use in the local region. They will also be holding a Harvest assembly in a few weeks’ time, following on the theme of their trip and collecting supplies for the local food bank. Year 2 have been learning about where in the world different foods are grown and have focused on arable and dairy farming over the last two weeks.

Last year’s departing Year 6 pupils gave the school a greenhouse as a leaving gift and the remaining pupils are enjoying planning what they would like to plant and grow - we hope to be able to share the evidence of their success later in the year.






09.45hrs: Branch President Mrs Sue Bereznyckyj and Parish Council Chairman Cllr John Bailey welcomes Deputy Lieutenant Nigel Cullen OBE TD DL in the car park, opposite the Post Office.

09.45hrs  All group leaders or representatives please report to the parade marshal.

10.00hrs  The parade forms up in the car park at the rear of the W.M.C.

10.10hrs  Parade Marshal Steven Hill steps off the parade with Carlton Brass Leading.

10.20hrs  he parade arrives at The Parish Church of St Wilfrid’s.

11.30hrs Parade reforms on Main Street to march to the Cenotaph on Mansfield Lane for the service including the laying of wreaths.

12.10hrs Parade forms up on Mansfield Lane via the gate nearest to Park Road cross roads and facing back, towards Collyer Road/Mansfield Lane junction. The Parade Marshal will then step off the parade, when everyone is ready.

The salute will be taken on route back to the Workingmen’s Club car park at the cemetery gates.

12.30hrs The Parade Marshal will form up the up the parade ready for the address by the Deputy Lieutenant C.N. Cullen O.B.E. TD DL and remarks from the Branch Chairman.

Please Note!

Should the weather be inclement members will receive the address from the officiating officer in the main concert room of the club.

All members of the parade and their families are invited to join us in the club's main hall afterwards.

Car parking is limited at the club and you may be refused entry, please park in the shopping precinct car park’s and avoid parking on the parade route.

Mrs. Sue Bereznyckyj is our Poppy Appeal Organizer, please contact her to confirm the number of wreaths/crosses that you require on 0115 9654670

M. Lloyd assistant secretary: Tel: 0115 8477598 /  07769570103