Town Councils face a constant battle with pigeons - and people who feed pigeons.
One council which tried a new approach was Chester City Council. They bought a large purpose-built dovecote in an attempt to both manage their feral pigeon population, and appease those people who enjoy feeding the birds.
The idea was to provide accommodation for the pigeons in an area where they caused limited problems, and allow people to feed the pigeons in this place only, thereby keeping the rest of the city clean and pigeon-free.
The pigeons nest in the dovecote and their eggs could be easily taken and replaced by dummy eggs.Over the years this reduction in breeding would reduce the population without the need to cull the current birds.
The initiative had mixed success, with residents nearest to the dovecote less pleased than those in other parts of the city, and one dovecote wasn't large enough to house all of the city's pigeons.
When you returned to work today you may have discovered that your local pigeons have taken advantage of the peace and quiet of the holiday weekend. Don't be fooled by the fact that the big flock of pigeons seems to have disappeared now - they may simply have paired up into couples as they prepare to build their new nest - on or under your roof!
If you have concerns about a pigeon problem at your business, phone Contego on 0800 028 7111 for advice and a free quotation.
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