The price we pay for nature

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City’s Rat Hotspot? The very mention of rat-infested areas conjures images of squalor and wanton neglect. However, for residents of Deerlands Avenue, Parson Cross this is the price we pay for having nature on our doorstep.

A long stretch of original rural landscape with a meandering stream running at the bottom of gardens along Deerlands Avenue towards Shiregreen. An open space providing a natural habitat not only for rats, but foxes and a wide variety of birds where blackberries and hazelnuts grow in abundance.

Both rats and foxes can sometimes be seen straying on to the estate to scavenge for food. After all, it’s only a stone’s throw from their natural home and bins left full of discarded food for a fortnight must draw them like a moth to a flame.

Mary Steele

Deerlands Avenue, Parson Cross, S5 8AB