Since the 1960s, Britain’s Feral Pigeon population has been steadily increasing.
Where do they live?
Pigeons are most prevelant in cities, particularly London. The Feral Pigeon is uniquely adapted to life in cities because it can roost and breed in the spaces provided by its buildings, and survive on the foods available to it in an urban environment.
What problems can they cause?
Pigeons have become a pest, mainly because they foul buildings and pavements where they nest or roost. Pigeon fouling is not only unsightly but also its acid content may be destructive, eroding stonework. Nest droppings and feathers can block gutters, rainwater and down-pipes and cause potential slipping hazards on pavements, ladders and fire escapes.
Pigeons are also a source of substances which cause allergies. These can cause respiratory ailments and allergic skin reactions.
How can you control them?
The one overriding factor that controls city pigeon populations is the supply of food, and people provide the most important source of food for pigeons in the city via cafes, fast food outlets and so forth.
As well as controlling the amount of food available to pigeons via adequate disposal, proofing buildings from pigeons also limits their damage and breeding potential.