Feral pigeons are now found in towns and cities all over the UK.They may also be found in rural situations sucha farm buildings.Originally descended from domesticated strains of the Rock Dove.
⦁ Feral pigeons built their nest in sheltered,protected sites and railway arch.Nests are built from a wide variety of materials such as twigs,grass,feathersplastic items and wires etc. In the absence of natural predators, birds which fall sick survive to infect healthy ones with ornithosis and other diseases, some of which can be transmissible to man.
There are 3 diseases known to be associated with pigeon guano:
⦁ Psittacosis – bacterial disease that spreads when guano dries and guano particles become airborne and are inhaled.
⦁ Histoplasmosis – fungal disease that grows in the droppings
⦁ Cryptococcosis – fungal disease that grows in the droppings
All 3 are zoonotic and represent a risk to human health.
Feral pigeons foul buildings, creating unwanted stained windows and architecture. All sorts of pests will migrate from their nests into buildings.
There are a number of options with regard to proofing buildings:
⦁ Trip wires
⦁ Optical deterrent gels.
⦁ To reduce numbers we use cage traps, egg or nest removal or culling through shooting with air rifles.
⦁ We undertake bird scaring using birds of prey.