Last spring we decided to try and encourage birds back into our garden. Our two cats had pretty much put paid to visits for quite a few years, but age had now prevented them from being overly active in the garden.
Next step, a couple of feeders were purchased and hung in one of our small trees at the bottom of our garden.
We gazed expectantly but it took a while for the birds to return, but eventually they came. Blue tits, sparrows, jackdaws a plenty and collared doves enjoyed the fare provided both hung and on the ground.
The jackdaws being bigger birds made a bit of a mess spilling seeds on the ground below the feeders, but this obviously provided food for the ground feeders.
Imagine our horror when one day mid summer when I stood at the window watching the feeding when a ground feeder arrived who was definitely not welcome at the feeding station. You guessed it, a rat.
Mrs Digweed immediately ordered the removal of the feeders.
Coming into winter I would love to start feeding the birds again. Question is, what can I feed them which will not encourage the furry beasties?