Rats on Clapham Common!

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mamaof1
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Rats on Clapham Common!

Postby mamaof1 » Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:32 am

Our nanny, whilst out with our toddler this afternoon on the Common, saw two fat rats running across the path into the leaves and back again. She took a video which I've tried (and failed) to attach. This was on the south side of the Common. Just a word of warning to anyone playing in the leaves to keep an eye out!
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Re: Rats on Clapham Common!

Postby petal » Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:18 am

Imagine the yummy food bits around from the Christmas fair! Eeek!
I'm sure they have always been around but I've never seen one ever around here .

I once saw a super fat rat run into the bushes near a Hampstead pond and it was so gross! It was like a small dog :shock:
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Re: Rats on Clapham Common!

Postby OrchardEnd » Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:27 pm

I see rats on Wandsworth Common very frequently, unfortunately. They are very bold and cheeky - frequently run across the footpaths in front of walkers and dogs and you can just imagine them saying "Am I bovvered"??!! Sadly, for those of us who enjoy feeding bread to the ducks with our toddlers, this is a major contributor to the rats' ability to survive, and thrive, on all the commons, as well as being not very good for the ducks, apparently - even sadder!
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Re: Rats on Clapham Common!

Postby jomi273 » Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:21 am

Ok so at the risk of freaking you out, there is a GLA report called Rat Land.... Wandsworth is 10th on the list with 7898 complaints over three years. An average across London of 102 complaints per day..... we feed them so well they are now also super sized!
Two rats can create a population of 1250 rats in 1 year.....
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Re: Rats on Clapham Common!

Postby Zin-mum » Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:10 pm

Like OrchardEnd says, people 'feeding the ducks' with bread, are actually feeding more rats, and making the ducks sick too! Even though the ducks seem to want more bread, it's like us eating chocolate. We want more, but get sick afterwards! :lol:

I've seen rats on the common many times, always near the duck ponds. If we heed the notices and don't feed bread to the ducks, we would be curbing the rat population on our common. (The ducks love duck food though, and it's good for them too! Most pet shops have them)
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Re: Rats on Clapham Common!

Postby Marmot-in-london » Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:10 pm

I agree the ducks don't need any white bread like us as well
Pls take your children to see the ducks not to feed them they are not thin nor are the geese but they are more sensible.

Litter is a big issue as well I always pick up something when I am on the common and wash my hands v well on return if everyone did that it would be a lot cleaner
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Re: Rats on Clapham Common!

Postby petal » Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:58 pm

Just wondering if all these rats are sustained by some bread crumbs by the pond... I think they are probably not feeding on the common only ...this is so disgusting
And would they start migrating more towards residential areas?
Yuck
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Re: Rats on Clapham Common!

Postby atbattersea » Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:58 pm

Rats are everywhere, you just don't see them. If there are squirrels in residence, there are probably rats and mice around too.

I've often seen rats in Battersea Park, particularly around the lake. I've even seen them in trees eating berries (and I'm not mistaking them for squirrels).
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Re: Rats on Clapham Common!

Postby janee » Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:37 am

atbattersea is absolutely right. Rats are everywhere: on river banks, sewers, gardens, railway lines...... What is surprising is that so few people actually see them! When the old factory building behind my house was pulled down most of my neighbours suddenly were over run with rats and mice. Fortunately, my cats kept me rodent free (I think!)
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Re: Rats on Clapham Common!

Postby Marmot-in-london » Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:57 pm

I saw a mouse in my compost has anyone had issues with them as I don't want to get rid of my compost.
Here's to as little litter as possible around Christmas I wonder if friends of Clapham Common should put some signs up we saw some in a park in Gloucester.
 
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Re: Rats on Clapham Common!

Postby Marmot-in-london » Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:59 pm

I sent this a bit early I meant signs saying "please don't feed bread to the ducks because it encourages rats"
Happy Christmas
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Re: Rats on Clapham Common!

Postby leyah.ranx » Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:27 pm

BIT off topic but I can’t believe people are still feeding bread to ducks and birds...... like others have said before it’s soooo NOT good for them! Any idea how to educate those who don’t know about this????
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Re: Rats on Clapham Common!

Postby Marmot-in-london » Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:14 pm

we need to lobby the council for signs as the general public have a low knowledge of nutritious food for birds.

Any thoughts re mice and composts now everyone is relaxing post Christmas?
Happy New Year everyone :) :geek:
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Re: Rats on Clapham Common!

Postby petal » Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:23 pm

I'm pretty sure there already is a sign telling people. Kg to feed ducks any bread as not good for them.
What would be even better is if the cabbie hut sold some bird feed kids could buy for 20p or something go feed the ducks. I was going to say an honesty box my pond, but as if that would work ... :roll:
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Re: Rats on Clapham Common!

Postby the parsley song » Fri Dec 29, 2017 5:48 pm

"mama of 1 avec nanny". Yep, we have rats in London, of course we do!

I agree with previous posters.