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  • wessonwesson Posts: 6

    A grey squirrel has built its winter drey in our willow tree from dried oak leaves, and moss from the shed roof. It feeds from the sunflower hearts in a hanging feeder, with goldfinches on the feeder one twig away, and pheasant, reed bunting and brambling, with up to a dozen blackbirds and 32 chaffinches,( yes, 32 and then I lost count!) feeding on the crumbs the squirrel was dropping on them. Its a wildlife garden for wildlife, we have up to five hedgehogs in the season, we've had otter and the occasional deer popping in. It's on the main,busy village road, with  a huge field on the long edge.  In this cold weather I've seen  three mistle thrushes feeding with the fieldfares. If you want to encourage these handsome birds cut up as many apples as you can sapre and put them somewhere sheltered, they are very cautious birds, and just this morning I heard Today prog. say they were disappearing,

  • In Scotland, Hypercharleyfarley, you don't need permission to cross land due to the fact that we have no trespass laws. You can go round the headrig of a field over any land or through the middle if there is an ancient pathway or road running through it, part of the ancient Scottish Laws image. As for firing a gun even in your garden...I think its very irresponsible of the guy. It was not in his garden? or was it? image There is no license required at the moment for an air riffle but that is coming into force soon. I don't think that there is any need for a fully grown man shooting a squirrel in the face and then follow with another 4 shots because its trying to feed itself. (Like I said, he can't have been a good shot, and if that's the case he shouldn't be shooting it in the first place image )

    I think that the reason foxes go for chickens, yes because they are an easier target (once they sort out the fencing image) and they do kill everything due to the fact they will return to store their kill. But these animals are getting braver and braver due to the fact that there habitat is being destroyed and they have to adapt. They are feeding on unnatural diets to them and they are getting bigger due to all the e numbers etc in things like McDonalds and KFC. I have foxes that come in and feed in my garden, hedgehogs and birds as well as rabbits and even a wee pine martin every now and again. If you are looking to feed one sort of animal and not others, they will chance their luck they see what they can get. Until the wildlife can read signs I think they will continue munching on what ever they can get, especially in winter image

  • Perhaps you didn't notice that I did say there's a public footpath crossing my land!  I've no objection that - but the people who come after the rabbits don't stay on the footpath......... and I want to know they are there and are taking rabbits, because I don't want the risk of any sort of accident to other animals/people, which is what apparently happened to an acquaintance of someone else who's posted on this thread.

    I use the local field footpaths myself, but have asked permission from the owner of the adjoining estate for access to the woodland treebelt where I now often take my dogs for a walk.  There's a "no trespassing" notice + text indicating it's private property & I wouldn't go there without having asked them.

    You might not have noticed either that in an earlier post I said that if the chap in question had been a better shot, he'd have got away with it.  I read a report about the case too, and got the clear impression that the man was reported by his neighbours who appeared to be in dispute with him anyway. I still don't understand why you seem so concerned about people trying to get rid of squirrels.  They are classed as vermin.  Would you mind about it if they weren't a "cute little animal with a furry tail" - i.e. a rat?  I'd hoped to make it clear that I'm against cruelty of any sort, and in the case of rats and squirrels, traps might be a better way of dealing with them.  However, a rat trap is designed to kill a rat but a squirrel trap takes them alive so that they have to be "despatched"  by other means.  In my own opinion, a good marksman is probably a better solution in that the squirrel probably won't know what's coming, and doesn't have to spend some time in a cage first.

  • I understand where you are coming from but if he needs 5 shots he cant be a good marksman really can he? I do agree with the fact that they need to be dispatched quickly but all im saying is that he should not be shooting in someone elses garden. Dispute or note. There are no trespassing laws in Scotland and hasnt been for a very long time. However, there is damage of property. I grew up on a farm and we were always taught....'one shot'. Im not the kind of lassie thats pink and fluffy and I dont follow the rule of 'Cute and fluffy' Animals are food to me. Squirrels are vermin yes but until they learn to read a sign that says 'NO SQUIRRELS' They will try anything to feed.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 65,307

    I understand that the man in question caught the squirrel in a trap and was then attempting to shoot it.  If he couldn't kill a trapped squirrel with one shot he was either an appalling shot or using the wrong weapon.  Whichever happened, he was wrong. Clear guidance is needed

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/7898494/Hundreds-face-fines-for-killing-squirrels.html

     

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • I believe and I will stand corrected if wrong,that you are not allowed to shoot near a footpath or road ,it has to be 150 feet away,something like that.I remember coming into conflict with a shooting party near a path I was walking with the dog and a bullet whistling passed my ear!

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 15,094

    In France it's 150 metres from a dwelling but our local mayor told the local hunt not less than 300 metres from our house as we had children and animals when we moved here. Also he wouldn't let someone build a hide for shooting pigeons down our track because it was too close to the track and it's a public bridleway. So I would think it's 150 metres in the UK because of European law.

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • Thats what I mean. He shouldnt have had a gun there in the first place.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160
    flowering rose wrote (see)

    I believe and I will stand corrected if wrong,that you are not allowed to shoot near a footpath or road ,it has to be 150 feet away,something like that.I remember coming into conflict with a shooting party near a path I was walking with the dog and a bullet whistling passed my ear!

    I wish someone could get that across to our local farmer. He fires at the pigeons while riding his little tractor along the road.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 65,307

    That is illegal and ought to be reported to local police!

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







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