Posted: 10/03/2015 at 20:14
Keep the cats indoors. Really. They're sociopaths. They torture the wildlife to death for their own pleasure. Hostafan, pass me a 5.56 and call me God. Rats? They're not a native species either, cats don't touch them and I don't tolerate them. Fortunately, a .177 will actually get rid of a rat (and nobody minds). Mice aren't so bad. They're destructive when they get indoors, but I don't mind them in the compost heap, especially the forest dormice. Those guys are adorable! Rabbits ... well, I haven't shot any in a long time because nobody's asked me to help with a rabbit problem around here, but shoot them I do, and if I spot a myxy one I'll go and get the rifle and come back for it. Nasty damn way to go.
Yes, the birds fight over the food. They don't fight to the death over it, though, and when they are killing something they kill it as quickly as they can then eat it, not stop when it loses consciousness, wait for it to wake up and then start again over and over until it dies then leave the corpse and go looking for another victim.
Lawns? Waste of space, money and fossil fuels, lawns. Five picnics in three years, and the rest of the time it's just something that needs mowing. I'm going to take another strip off the lawn here and put in some "perfect for pollinators" flowers to replace it. The scrappy little back lawn can go completely, and I'll have one big flowerbed with just a little bit of path into the middle.