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This is a very recent purchase and the birds like it although the blackbirds are not yet 'risking' it.
I did wonder if the blackbird was perhaps too large as he is wondering around but not going in. However I now know that he could get in as I have developed a problem with rats who are going in in broad daylight and as a result I have had to stop using it temporarily whilst I get rid of the rats. As I bought the small mesh one I thought such a thing would be kept out, the squirrel is unable to get in (though he hasn't tried)
I do have a question on the use of rat poison blocks, if I put any close to where I feed the birds are the birds likely to eat the poison?
I am currently putting bait blocks underneath the shed which is a 'run' but if I use this feeder they are likely to return to feed from it keeping the birds away. Advice on this would be welcome.

RSPB response: Thank you for your review, its great to hear your birds are happily feeding inside the protector. With regards to rat poison, we do not recommend using this method for rodent control, as birds may be poisoned by either eating the block or secondary poisoning. Scavenging birds such as the red kite are particularly at risk, as they may pick up poisoned rats. Birds from reintroduction projects across the UK have died because of ingesting poisoned rodents. For more information on recommended methods, please follow this link https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/our-work/conservation/conservation-and-sustainability/farming/advice/techniques-to-help-wildlife/rodenticide-use/
By Granny Annie, on 6 Nov 2017
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Early days, but so far impressed!

Was rather dubious that this would work as have many larger birds, squirrels and cats that visit our garden .... half expected our first visitor to be a squirrel after reading some of the reviews. Was very pleased to see that the first visitor was our resident robin who never seems to get any of the foot put down thanks to the squirrels, pigeons, magpies, jackdaws and crows!
Would definitely recommend. Bought together with a ground feeder - one pleased customer : )
Early days, but looking forward to watching many of the smaller birds enjoy this safe haven. By Nikki, on 10 Aug 2016
24 out of 25 people found the above review helpful

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Good value, weatherproof bird feeding cage

I bought this cage a year ago. At first I noticed that the blackbirds wouldn't use it but a year on it's attracting a large range of small birds from sparrows and finches to blackbirds and thrushes. I moved here last year and there are a large number of starlings who nest in the roof spaces of all of the houses every Spring. I'm surprised how many reviewers dislike them. I love all birds and find that after breeding is over the Starlings feed in the cage no more than any other birds. The cage was to prevent Seagulls and crows taking everything quickly and this cage works perfectly. Seagulls and crows put their heads through the bars and pinch what's attainable so I would like a bigger cage to prevent this happening, however the one I have serves a good purpose and keeps goodies at the centre for the sole enjoyment of the smaller ground feeders. Mine is very durable, no rust or weather damage after a year. Don't mind paying a bit extra if it's from RSPB - happy customer. By Lovethemall, on 13 Jul 2016
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Ground protector narrow mesh

SKU# R0093

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Folding cage guardian to protect ground-feeding birds from predators, creating a safe haven for them to feed. The narrow mesh will exclude larger garden birds and most adult squirrels.

Made from powder-coated steel, the ground protector comes with pegs to secure it to the ground and there's room inside for an RSPB ground feeding table (not included). The top opens easily for cleaning and refilling.

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This ground protector guardian has narrow mesh openings (4 x 6 cm gaps) which will restrict larger garden birds, such as blackbirds, thrushes, doves and pigeons and most adult squirrels. Small and juvenile squirrels and starlings may still be able to access the bird food.

If you wish to prevent all but small garden birds from accessing your bird food, our adjustable ground sanctuary is a great choice, as you can set the mesh size to suit.

If you have hedgehogs in your garden please consider removing the ground protector at night, or lifting it off the ground at one edge. It's very unlikely, but possible that they may try to get inside and get stuck.

Specifications
Width 52 cm
Depth 52 cm
Height 43 cm
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Standard delivery to the UK and Channel Islands is £3.95.
You'll only ever pay one delivery charge per order.

Delivery is FREE if your order sub-total is £75 or more.
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