Can I de­ter Pheas­ants from vis­it­ing?

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I live in Som­er­set, where Pheas­ants are reared for shoot­ing. I gain great plea­sure from watch­ing the va­ri­ety of birds I pro­vide food for in my small gar­den, but this year the wastage from the feed­ers has at­tracted the at­ten­tion of the Pheas­ants and, tak­ing pity on them, I have also thrown out some food for them. I now have nine fe­males and a very hand­some cock. Am I doomed to be­come a Pheas­ant sanc­tu­ary or will they ever re­turn to the nearby farm­land? An­other bonus is that they were briefly joined in the gar­den by a Red-legged Par­tridge.

QWe’re sorry to say that your best op­tion if you want to de­ter th­ese Pheas­ants from vis­it­ing is to stop feed­ing them, and to make sure that any food you put out for other ground feed­ing birds is in­ac­ces­si­ble to them. There are quite a few cage-like struc­tures on the mar­ket nowa­days de­signed specif­i­cally to stop large birds get­ting in, while al­low­ing free ac­cess for smaller ones, and a de­vice such as this could help your sit­u­a­tion. If you de­cide to go along this route, even­tu­ally the Pheas­ants will get the mes­sage (as well as get hun­gry) so will find some­where else for their next meal.

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