For a few weeks a family of brown rats have been visiting the garden. They live in the field and pop under the fence to take food from the bird feeder. I know most people don’t like rats and to be honest this family is expanding. They haven’t been seen venturing any further than the bird feeding area so I think they are fairly contained on that side of the garden (for now at least).
A few weeks ago they were quite shy and would hide in the field and peak through the gap under the fence.
Now they are a little more bold! I think they realise it is safe to come out when I am in the garden and I can actually get quite close without them running away. They are weary of the cats who sit in the garden next to the ground feeder ready to pounce on them. There haven’t been any ‘presents’ left so we don’t think the cats are very effective at catching them!
I have spent this evening sat at garden table watching them dart about collecting little bits of food and hurrying back out into the field. I think I have found their burrow entrance and am going to put the trailcam out to see if I can get any footage of them using it.
Brown rats were introduced to the UK in 1700 and have spread widely due to their ability to adapt to their surroundings and breed at a rapid rate – a female can have approx 60 young a year! I’m hoping the garden rats don’t have quite that many!