Yesterday I watched a large, glossy, very well fed rat having its lunch under my bird feeder, in broad daylight. I know they say we are all within 3ft of a rat but I thought that was a bit cheeky. A few years ago I did pay the council to come and put poison down and have put it down myself since but it is so rural here I have decided to live and let live. At least it will stop sundry bird seed growing in my garden. Had an unplanned crop of millet last year.
I know rats are prolific around here, my neighbours used to keep chickens until last year. Mr. Reynard finally won the day, calling in for readily available chicken dinners. I think my neighbours have given up on the idea of rescuing chickens which would live happily in free range conditions. To date they have lost at least four lots of birds, most being left badly injured and needing to be destroyed. Such a pity as it was lovely to see them enjoying life in the open air after arriving practically featherless, looking as though they been through a tumble dryer, newly feathered and laying eggs.