Posted: 30/09/2012 at 21:10
I think it was Chris Packham who said that feeding your cats - I have 2 - in the morning instead of at night would save a great many birds. We did this - my son used to feed them at night to make sure they were in - and I don't think they have caught any since we changed it. It makes sense as they are full and just want to sleep when the birds are most active. They have bells and are always in at night. Cats keep other cats away, if there were no domestic cats we would just have feral communities who aren't neutered, fed, wormed or have bells. We too have magpies who bully the smaller birds and the jays have been very chavvy lol. I think the only casualty this year was the youngest cat - only a kitten really - who in her pursuit of bees got stung on the cheek.