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Pigeons

Feral pigeons are a problem in urban areas because they foul and damage buildings, and can harbour disease. They are associated with the carriage of salmonella psittacosis and ornithosis, all of which can cause serious ill-health. Control of pigeons can be difficult because they roost in large groups and can quickly relocate to a new site.

The responsibility for control of pigeons largely rests with the owners of affected buildings. They should use physical means to protect potential nesting and roosting sites, and remove any nests and eggs which do appear. If the situation is not dealt with, accumulations of fouling can quickly build up, and the removal of them can then become a hazard to health. Empty/dilapidated buildings are particularly at risk. Building owners should contact a private pest control company for assistance on proofing.

It is vital that there is no readily available food source in the area. All refuse should therefore be fully contained in enclosed bins. 4. The Council is able to take a limited amount of action, which may include requiring owners to deal with the problem. The controls are contained within their powers to deal with statutory nuisances under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

 

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Here you will find information on environmental and planning issues. This section provides a wealth of information including details on how to make or enquire about a planning application, rubbish, waste and recycling information.

 


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