As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday 17 December 2013

Pesky pigeons gone from Scottish Parliament

SCOTLAND’S parliament is finally free from its pigeon plague after a nine year battle with the birds.

The pesky birds have been peppering the £414m building in Edinburgh with poo since it opened in 2004.

And in 2009, concerned officials called for help from pest control firm NBC to help combat the problem.

As part of a £40,000 annual contract, birds of prey have been flown around the building twice a week in a bid to scare off the feathery fiends.

And now it appears to have worked with the no pigeons currently nesting on the site and the number of bird sightings have dropped by 50%.

Harris hawks and peregrine falcons have won the war against pigeons at Holyrood after scaring the critters away.

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