I live in quite a rural area, good size garden, but i do have neighbours. I feed the birds, but a rat has appeared. To be honest it sode not bother me, but i don't want my neighbours to be worried.
Any suggestions how to discourage them and can anyone suggest bird feeders that catch the seed as the birds eat?
The usual advice is to not put food out for 2 weeks. The rats will move on if the regular food supply disappears. How much rat-free time this will give you depends on how prevalent the rats are in the area but it usually works for a reasonable amount of time.
This is a TRAY that fits some RSPB seed feeders. Some birds like Goldfinches still throw food around but it does reduce the amount that falls to the floor.
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