Please put a col­lar on your cat!

Bird Watching (UK) - - Your View -

I feel I must re­spond to a let­ter in your last is­sue en­ti­tled ‘place your feed­ers up high’ by Sharon Painter. I live on a small ru­ral es­tate and have a medium-sized gar­den. Two years ago, I con­verted a large fish pond into a wildlife pond and have also planted lots of flow­ers and shrubs to at­tract birds and in­sects. Un­for­tu­nately, my quiet en­joy­ment of this space is spoilt by around five cats from sur­round­ing neigh­bours con­tin­u­ally com­ing into my gar­den and foul­ing on my flower beds and stalk­ing and killing birds, es­pe­cially young ones, which is heart­break­ing. I have spent hun­dreds of pounds on cat scar­ers which all seem to be very in­ef­fec­tive. Re­gard­ing the com­ment on us­ing high feed­ers to keep birds away from cats, a lot of birds are ground feed­ers in­clud­ing Black­birds, Robins, spar­rows and pi­geons etc, so this does not ap­ply to them. Cats ac­count for 55 mil­lion bird deaths per year in the UK, mainly spar­rows, Blue Tits, Black­birds and Star­lings. While some of th­ese birds would die any­way through weak­ness etc, it is nonethe­less a hor­ren­dous amount and does ac­count for the de­cline of many gar­den species. Peo­ple who own cats gen­er­ally feel no con­science or re­spon­si­bil­ity for let­ting their cats roam into neigh­bours’ gar­dens. The least they could en­sure their cats wear bells on their col­lars. Arthur Roger­son

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