They love brassica and pea crops so be vigilant!
It can be a bit of a sparse time food-wise for wildlife in January and any sign of gaps in your plant fences, nets or fleeces and birds, mice or rabbits will be straight in there to nibble them! Brassica and pea crops are vulnerable right now, so it’ll pay to be vigilant. Many animals can squeeze through gaps under or through fencing and flimsy nets, and they can often do more damage than you think.
But there are ways you can try to keep wildlife at bay. Try a homemade bird scarer made of strings of old CDs tied with twine, which move and are shiny to frighten birds away, or put up tree trunk guards made of stakes and netting.
You can also try animal repellent sprays, though they’re not suitable for use on edible plants, or buy sturdy fruit cages that come in all sizes (visit Thompson & Morgan, www.thompson-morgan.com, for small ones, or Harrod Horticultural, www.harrodhorticultural.com, for larger ones). These can be expensive, so here are a few tips on building a makeshift one to keep pests off.