Bid to 'reduce number of rats' at Ipswich parks

Mega Kebab & Pizza in Stevenage was found by health inspectors to be infested with rats. File photo.

There is a bid to reduce the number of rats at Ipswich parks - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Don't feed the ducks - that's the message for visitors to Ipswich parks as rangers try to reduce the number of rats.

Concerns have been raised about signs of a "very visible rat population" in the town's green spaces, such as at Chantry Park pond.

The robbery happened near Chantry Park in Ipswich. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

There is said to be a high number of rats at Ipswich's Chantry Park - Credit: Archant

Phil Smart, Ipswich Borough Council’s portfolio holder for environment and climate change, said: “We are working hard to reduce the number of rats in our parks."

Regular pest control visits have been taking place, with rangers also "using a variety of measures to carefully address the issue while not causing harm to other wildlife".

However, he said: "We need visitors to help us by not littering and not feeding the wildlife (ducks, squirrels, birds etc) as this encourages pests.

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"There is enough natural food in the park for the wildlife to survive naturally.”

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