Neighbour complaint about feeding the birds

  • In reply to alisonc2095046433:

    alisonc2095046433 said:

    Thanks for that, not exactly pretty but not hugely expensive

    I hope that was referring to the bird proofing and not my Frisky Feral lol

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  • In reply to Catlady:

    Thank you catlady, what really irks is they have just moved in and the first time we speak they complain, yet I've been feeding birds here since we moved in 7 years ago. And the amount of birds visiting is not yet at its peak. Blackbirds still have nestlings and the starlings will no doubt have a second brood. By autumn the flock coming into the garden could be 100 strong before they disperse for the winter. Never had a neighbour like them before, it does not bode well for a harmonious future. But onwards and upwards I am still feeding and we will see what happens next.

  • In reply to alisonc2095046433:

    Monkeycheese it was most certainly not referring to your Frisky Feral, they would be welcome here though no doubt the neighbour would have something to say about it. I did indeed mean the spikes, rather prison wall looking but if it has to be then I will fit them.

  • Wow. So people have politely asked you to do something that is causing them distress. And as a neighbour you are continuing to do this. Out of some habitual thing you have got going on. You are obviously the one that is not being neighbourly in this situation. I imagine the noise and the damage to their furniture is enough for them to say something but you want to continue doing this. Wether they are 'newbies' or not (Wendy) doesn't mean they can't be affected by your selfish actions. Maybe previous neighbours did not care about their belongings or the noise or the wildlife that you are attracting to their area. I am going through a similar issue and you have no idea the anxiety that you are causing the people that pay money to live where they live. I think the attitudes expressed in this thread are non other than disgusting and selfish. The birds do not need your help. Stubbornness is the issue here not the birds wellbeing.
  • In reply to Pen45:

    Are you aware you replied to a 6 year old thread? The original poster isn't a familiar name so may have not used the forum for years.

    're your point, I don't feed birds apart from Niger seed. However, there is a balance and context. Feeding four times a day is an extreme. Insisting neighbours stop feeding birds after years is another extreme.

    Proximity of housing, bird species, etc would be other factors to consider.

  • I had a similar problem. I decided not to feed the birds. I realised that the person that complained about me feeding the birds, complained about other petty issues to others tenants too. These individuals are belligerent, unhappy about their own lives and want to make mountains out of molehills. In reality it is not about birds or anything else for that matter
  • My mum is having the exact same problem. She received a very aggressive and threatening letter from the man next door. She is 88 and mostly housebound. She feeds the birds once a day with a cup of seed and a slice of bread. She has two fat ball feeders and 1 with peanuts for the squirrels. She has lived in this house and fed the birds for over 40 years. He is saying she excessively feeds them. She also has a small section of her garden left in a natural state. It has a few trees some ivy and a blackberry bush. He has said she needs to get rid of it as there are rats in it. There definitely aren’t.. she has a gardener every two weeks. He is threatening to take it further if she doesn’t stop. I am very angry as he harassed her for months earlier in the year as he wanted to replace her very nice fence. She said no but he did it anyway. Now he’s doing this. Any advice would be good
  • All I can say is that I am still feeding the birds, my only concession is to stop putting seed on the ground for the pigeons, hasn't stopped them coming as they clean up spilled seed from the feeders but may have reduced them. I also had/have no rats. I have proved this with a trail cam which has never recorded a rat. I have seen the occasional mouse but with my cat and countless other neighbourhood cats all visiting the garden I doubt these are permanent occupants. As far as I can tell your mother's neighbour can do nothing to stop her feeding the birds unless there is a proven rat problem. As to the wild area councils have been known to order their removal if they are causing a problem with neighbours, try to ensure the ivy and blackberry bushes do not escape to other gardens and cause a nuisance, I do not feel that she is feeding excessively, i have way more feeders than that. Sadly some people are not happy until they get their own way. I would let him take it further, I doubt anything will come of it after a visit from councillors or maybe environmental health. I am so sorry your mum is experiencing this harrassment, I know it is not nice, but I am still here and still feeding.
  • In reply to alisonc2095046433:

    Thank you for your support. I am going to get her a low feeding table rather than put the feed on the ground. Maybe this will keep him happy. I very much doubt it though.
  • Yes, I am sorry too about your mum having neighbour issues. As has been mentioned, I would definitely consider a trail cam. They are handy to have, so could be put to good use once one is used to spot any rat issue. I personally would start with that, rather than provide a new feeding place. Might be considered provocative even if well intentioned. Re fence replacement, presumably it was a shared boundary (or the neighbour's) rather than her fence? Clearly a police matter if neighbours are destroying other people's property.