Keep the cats away from the young birds
With lots of young birds around the garden it is a good thing to think about how you can help them on their way into the big wide world - safely.
We have lots of fledglings in the garden right now and they are all over the place. They are very tame and inquisitive and will stand and feed right next to you. As yet, they have not learnt of the dangers that lurk around the edge of the garden and they take the lead from the adults, if they fly off the young ones follow.
There are many predators for the wild birds to watch out for in their daily lives, a lot of garden birds are being taken by birds of prey and although this is upsetting there is anelement of nature within the act of a bird taking another for food that somehow makes it a little less difficult. Also the night time holds many dangers - from the hedgerows come Mink and Stoats, Weasels and snakes. Most of which we do not see while we are tucked up in bed asleep. But the cats we love as pets also have nocturnal tendencies for food. As well as in the daytime the wild garden birds are at constant risk of being targeted by a cat, and as we all know cat's do not always take a bird because they are hungry. It is quite possible to own a cat or two and still maintain a feeding station for wild birds in your garden. A collar with a couple of bells on helps to let the birds know when the cat is on the prowl, if you are concerned about the bells getting caught, you can attach them with cotton and this will break in such circumstances.
We stock a product from Gardman called Catgard
, it is a sonic deterrent for cats (not dogs or other mammals) the simple electronic device which runs on mains power, comes supplied with 10 meters of cable and covers an area of 200 square meters. The high frequency signal cannot be heard by humans or pets and so only cats will stay away from the area covered, and they will enjoy the rest of the garden without interfering with your feeder station.