I love all wildlife and nature. I find they both help my mental health issues immensely. In fact being in my garden will always uplift me, however bad Im feeling. So I feed birds and have numerous feeders throughout my garden along with bathing and watering stations. However I also like to feed my resident squirrels who I find absolutely adorable and entertaining with their wonderful antics. They all seem to live together very harmoniously and I can have all kinds of birds feeding alongside my squirrels at any one time and cats passing through as well without their being any bloodshed!! However my neighbours have made complaints namely about shells which we all know will decompose, albeit slowly but they will, plus we all know that squirrels will dig up plants and bulbs and destroy birdfeeders. I myself have experienced both but as I love the little critters and they give me so much pleasure I overlook it. However my neighbours are up in arms about it. I know if they do access attics they can chew through everything, however many of my neighbours have seamless guttering and the eaves are completely covered so there is no danger of that happening. One rather vitriolic neighbour has contemplated killing them 'one after the other' were his words. I was appalled to learn through google that its not illegal to kill a grey squirrel which I find heartbreaking. We are in an inner city suburb where there is no likelihood of there being any reds for them to infect with the illness that has decimated the reds. To my mind you will never find a red in a city. So they cant argue that my beautful greys are a danger to reds in a suburb. So my question is this, apart from this severely affecting my mental health, if they were to contact environmental health officers could they insist I stop feeding the squirrels and what would the penalty be if I didnt do so. I feel so unrelaxed in my garden which was my sanctuary and haven, I feel Im being monitored and reports will be made to the other neighbours. This weekend will be sunny and mild and I like nothing better to sit in my little garden and commune with the squirrels and the birds and throw a monkey nut for the squirrel who will sometimes eat it quite close to me so he can gain another one instantly. However I feel I will be watched and scrutinised and castigated if seen. It is causing me untold stress and strain and I feel like Im being deprived of vital medication to keep me balanced. The squirrels just fill me with such joy I can forget all my anxieties when Im with them. Thank you for reading this, Any advice gratefully appreciated especially about environmental Health regulations.
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