Pigeons

Significance

  • wild pigeons are a potential source of disease, so public health must be considered
  • mites and fleas on pigeons or in their droppings and nests, can bite humans or infest and spoil food products
  • fouling of buildings, structures and monuments can occur at places where the birds nest or roost
  • the acidic droppings can erode the surface of stonework and droppings and dead birds can block gutters and rainwater pipes causing dampness to the building. Pigeon droppings can make walkways slippery for pedestrians, particularly in wet weather

Control

The Council has no powers to cull the pigeon population, but would recommend you discourage them using the following methods:

  • do not feed pigeons - they will naturally find their own food, leaving food may attract rats and mice to an area
  • do not drop litter - especially from takeaway food, litter is the major food source
  • make sure that refuse is disposed of properly
  • report fly-tipping - if you see anybody fly-tipping, please report it using the online form