squirrels - Live and let live
I know that we couldn't kill all the Grey Squirrels in the UK, we missed
that chance long ago, and because where I live that Grey offers no threat
to any native Reds I'll let him nibble my nuts. It's not that I'm against
controlling Greys, far from it. In certain places more resources should be
available to assist with this as they present a very real threat to our fluffty
tufty Great British Red boys. And such measures can still work so they are
currently still worth pursuing. But if they couldn't or wouldn't work then
my attitude changes, I'm for a more laid back approach, let it happen,
let it go, wave goodbye with a tearful eye if you like, bid farewell to the
old Reds and get used to the Greys'.
Nutty about grey squirrels
AS a grey squirrel living in Tameside, I was slightly put out by a letter
by Mr Robishaw. Obviously, as a race of handsome tree rodents, we have not
yet been targeted by Tameside Council for our wealth of nut tax which we'd
rather not pay anytime soon. We squirrels like a scurry through the park
as much as you humans enjoy a jog, although our purpose is to live from day
to day trying to avoid some of you noisier, littering humans and your untrained
dogs who like to intimidate us as we gather our winter stocks. Yes, there
might be more of us these days, but we keep a little balance in the woodlands
and parks by eating insects, fungi, nuts, twigs, leaves, mushrooms as well
as some unfinished fast food the lazier humans dump around, which would otherwise
be scoffed by the rats!
KEVIN the SQUIRREL
Birds of beauty need more space
THANK you for publishing my letter about the peacocks in Stamford Park What
a beautiful photo you printed of a happy-looking bird in beautiful surroundings
enjoying the freedoms of a lovely park. What a pity that one of your
photographers couldn't have gone to Stamford Park to take a picture to be
put next to the one you printed to make people realise what a sad life all
these animals in this enclosure have. I know they're only birds, but surely
they are worth something more than this. Perhaps your own wildlife writer,
Sean Wood, might pay them a visit to see their environment with a view to
getting it closed down and making these animals lives so much happier.
Penrith Avenue Ashton
We will check birds' welfare
THE Tameside and Glossop branch of the RSPCA was very concerned to read of
the plight of the peacocks and hens in Stamford Park which was reported in
the Advertiser a fortnight ago. This letter is to assure readers that we
have informed the RSPCA National Society's Inspectors who will investigate,
support and work with the people caring for the animals living inthe park
to improve their welfare. If you are concerned about the welfare of any animal
or find one in distress please telephone the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999. I hope
that this letter helps to alleviate the concerns many of your readers and
visitors to the park must have, and look forward to seeing the animals restored
to health and living in improved conditions more suited to their needs.
RSPCA Tameside and Glossop chairman
New animal area planned for park
by Sue Carr
A NEW aviary and petting zoo is planned for Stamford Park after its old one
was closed by the RSPCA. Animal welfare inspectors were alerted in December
last year after a visitor to the Ashton park wrote to the Advertiser complaining
about the condition of the peacock house.
A member of the public also expressed concern over an injured rabbit. Inspectors
visited and found that although the premises were acceptable, staff were
not qualified enough to care for the animals- The rabbits - along with chickens,
guinea pigs, cockateels, budgerigars and a dove were signed over to the
A private home was found for the park's two peacocks.
RSPCA Inspector Lorna Bracegirdle said:
"It was a really good set-up. "The problem was, for example, that they had
male and female rabbits together who were obviously breeding like rabbits
do and it was getting out of control.
"It is not anything the park owners did.
"It was just the level of knowledge the staff had about the animals was very
The park, which is currently in the middle of a major improvement programme,
is run by Tameside Council which
has pledged to bring animals back when work is complete. This is thought
to be around 2011. Staff will also receive fall training in how to look after
|It is thanks to the likes of Zardoz and James from London that this planet
it is the sorry mess that it is. Fancy blaming lack of oil on Enviromentalists!
Instead of moaning why not invent
a new source of power instead of oil,and save both the environment and
the materialists from dependency on a fuel that damages everything? Some
people are actually doing that - but why they waste their time for people
like James and Zardoz I do not know.