By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 13 September 2013 Updated: 13/09 10:39
RESIDENTS have been urged not to leave food for ducks at a town pond after complaints about the number of rats there.
Naomi Widdows took to the Standard’s Facebook page after a trip to the Batchley Pond with her son.
She said: “There were around 15 rats visible on the feeding bay with three or four even running onto the paths. They are also huge and incredibly unnerved by both the presence of people and other animals. Surely the area needs treating?”
But ward councillor Pattie Hill said residents needed to be aware of leaving food around for ducks which could attract more rodents to the area.
“I have been made aware of the issues of rats around Batchley Pool and am appealing to the folks who visit to see wildlife, please do not leave foodstuff on the ground,” she said.
“Ideally foodstuff for birds should be pellets which can be bought. Officers at Redditch Borough Council are working hard to sort the problem but we need the help of the community for a period of time, the wildlife will not suffer from a lack of bread, stale cake, rotting veg and spiced cold food.”
A council spokeswoman added: “Rats like an environment which is by the water and where lots of food is available so by our ponds is ideal, especially as it’s where people feed the ducks.
“If we do get overrun with the water rats then we do take action – otherwise we just let nature take its course.”
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