Feeding birds

Rats thrive with a plentiful supply of food and good shelter. The food put out for birds provides a veritable buffet for rats and other rodents. As dealing with rats in and around properties is the responsibility of property owners and rat problems are a common occurrence in the Helsinki Region, feeding birds is prohibited in most properties as well as several park, market and other areas for the same reason.

You cannot feed birds in the yard, terrace, or balcony of your apartment, or in the shared garden or yard area of your building, if the housing association has prohibited feeding birds in the property.

Rats and other rodents are good at climbing. That is why they are also good at getting food from bird feeders hanging from tree branches, for example.