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.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Scottish Parliament told: Axe pigeon killing ban

HOLYROOD bosses have been told they must consider abandoning their “no kill” policy if they want to get rid of the pigeons continuing to plague the Scottish Parliament.

Contractors called in to tackle the persistent bird menace said they had successfully reduced the parliament’s pigeon population to “around 15 individuals” – but warned that if the numbers were to be cut further, options including “lethal controls” could be necessary.

The Evening News revealed last week that NBC Bird and Pest Solutions were using laser pens, as well as hawks, to scare the pigeons away from the £414 million Holyrood building. Animal welfare groups criticised the move, saying the hand-held pointers risked blinding the birds.

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