Can I deter Pheasants from visiting?
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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