Council environmental health officers have issued a warning to those feeding birds in Moor Park.Advertisement
Reports from residents nearby say the historic park is being overrun by rats.
One report says: “Walking through this part of the park at anytime and you will see dozens of rats. These are being fed on a daily basis by an old lady who puts food down for the pigeons and squirrels too. I have seen the rats run to her as she places the food in the shrubbery and on the paths.”
Another states on the website Fix My Street where you can report issues about the city: “Can be seen scampering along the bank of the pond by North Lodge. They are also swimming for food that is floating on the surface of the duck pond.”
A city council spokesman said: “People enjoy feeding birds in the park and regularly throw food and seeds for them.
“There’s no harm in this and the park is home to a wide variety of birds and other wildlife. However, when people put out too much food this encourages rats.
“So our message is by all means feed the birds but please don’t leave out lots of food or seeds as it will attract rats.”
Moor Park, which is grade II listed, is due to get a £2m facelift in the coming months.
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Image credit to George D Thompson