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Feral Pigeon: A Common Pest


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Please Do Not Feed Pigeons

Faeces, droppings, fouling, excrement call it what you like, but bird guano is not pleasant stuff. And it's made worse when feral pigeon numbers are allowed to get out of control.

Feral pigeons build their nests in or on buildings and other structures like bridges. Fouling of these structures is inevitable. This is not only unsightly but may also have destructive effects from feral pigeon droppings.

Pavements, ladders and fire escapes may be made unsafe because of the real dangers posed by slippery bird excretion.

Droppings also pose a significant hazard to pedestrians, particularly the elderly, as footpaths and stairways are made unsafe because of the potential for slipping on droppings.

Feral pigeons also carry diseases that are harmful to man. Significantly more than the brown rat and yet we wouldn't think of feeding the rat. The best known disease passed from birds to man is Psittacosis but over 40 more diseases can be passed from the feral pigeon to humans.

All the risks to ourselves and the damage to our buildings and heritage can be controlled. The numbers of feral pigeons only multiply out of control when we provide too much food for them.

Please Do Not Feed Pigeons!!!

Pigeons carry significantly more diseases that are harmful to humans than rats, and yet we wouldn't think of feeding a rat.

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