Nest­ing birds at risk of prowl­ing pets

Central Leader - - News -

Cat own­ers are be­ing urged to pro­tect na­tive birds from pets this sum­mer.

As the nest­ing and fledg­ing sea­son starts, birds are par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble to cats, says Auck­land re­gional coun­cil­lor Chris­tine Rose.

“Birds bring beauty and life to the gar­den, they are nat­u­ral pest con­trollers of aphids and cater­pil­lars and can lead to a health­ier back­yard,” she says.

“How­ever, they are at risk from cats which can wipe out en­tire nests.”

Birds can be pro­tected by putting a bell on the cat’s col­lar, or by re­strict­ing time out­side.

Pets are best let out at night, when they’re more likely to catch mice and rats.

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