Mudcat Café message #3402759 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #146876   Message #3402759
Posted By: Steve Shaw
11-Sep-12 - 09:51 AM
Thread Name: BS: Keeping cats from dangerous road
Subject: RE: BS: Keeping cats from dangerous road
My garden is in a remote rural location and is surrounded by scrub, hedges and pasture. I let the brambles and nettles run riot round the edges. There is plenty of cover for birds. Wrens, blackbirds, blue tits, great tits, robins, sparrows, dunnocks, jackdaws and goldfinches all nest in or round the edge of my garden. We also see lots of chaffinches, greenfinches, song thrushes smashing snails, fieldfares, redwings and long-tailed tits as well as big fry such as wood pigeons, collared doves, rooks and magpies. We get occasional bullfinches, greater spotted woodpeckers, coal tits and nuthatches. The front of my house is ivy-covered and is used by wrens by the dozen who roost there. I feed birds all year round. My cat (was multiple cats until recently) occasionally catches a bird but overwhelmingly goes for mice and rabbits. He leaves my thousands of frogs and toads severely alone, which is more than can be said for my prized nestful of grass snakes (actually two nestfuls this year) who must think they're in food heaven. I know I'm biased, but I'm as certain as can be that I am overwhelmingly in credit in the balance book between birds that have done well as a result of my encouragement versus the few lost to my cat. And I don't suffer damage from mice or rabbits in my garden. I wish my cat ate roe deer though.