There are many advantages to living in the country, and the calm coupled with an abundance of wildlife make a compelling case.
My wife and I have discovered that most of the time it’s living with and not against that is usually the order of the day.
We have moles, and when we arrived in the new house, we saw the mole hills in the fields adjacent to our garden approaching day by day until they erupted in our own garden.
At first we were affronted and even called upon the services of a specialist until we arrived at the conclusion that we will just have to live with them so we’ve stopped the fight and do our best just to accept their presence.
In the same way, the rabbits playing in the fields, and bringing up their littles ones, was a cute sight until suddenly they were in the garden chewing through the plants that my wife had painstakingly planted.
We’ve put up as much fencing as we can and planted garlic and even sprayed garlic juices everywhere, but in all honesty it hasn’t had as much of a dissuasive effect as we would have liked.
Then there are the birds, a rich variety, including tits, thrushes, blackbirds, robins, chaffinches and a pair of Greater Spotted Woodpeckers that came and ate from the birdfeeders we erected.
The wood pigeons, ravens, magpies and those flocks of hungry starlings were a challenge but when we noticed fieldmice and probably a rat we realized that all that birdseed, nuts, and insect laden grease balls, were dropping on the grass and attracting all sorts of creatures.
So we’ve abandoned feeding the birds until later in the year.
We probably miss them the most. It was wonderful to see them feeding as we ate our breakfast at the breakfast bar.
But the squirrels continue to go about their business and cross the gardens during the day, stopping occasionally to wave hello.