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Brown Rat

Observed: 8th September 2013 By: Jason BurtonJason Burton’s reputation in MammalsJason Burton’s reputation in MammalsJason Burton’s reputation in Mammals
Brown Rat (1)

I saw 2 running up and down a pond bank eating the bread thrown for the birds.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


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Another reason

Not to feed bread to wildfowl. I have tried in the past to explain to people that it is bad for the ducks, but the reaction has generally been hostile.

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Keep trying

Keep trying to discourage people! Also causes ponds to go stagnant when bits float to the bottom, and can make the birds aggressive if they always expect food from visitors. However have to say not an easy battle when some of the reserves actually allow the shops/cafes to sell bags of bread!

Gill Sinclair
OU Certificate in Contemporary Science
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