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.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Net loss of €20,000 for hospital after flocks of angry birds attack staff

By Brian McDonald

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda made the outlay to shield their workers from feathered attackers

A hospital has been forced to spend almost €20,000 on specialist netting to protect its staff from flocks of angry birds.

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth bought the equipment last year to shield workers maintaining ventilation systems on the roof from feathered attackers.

Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act revealed a total of €18,435 was spent on three nets.

The hospital is situated close to Drogheda Port and the netting was to protect staff from flocks of seagulls.

A a pest control firm was employed to remove a number of bird nests from the roof in July and August last year.

The cost of the specialist nets is part of a €35,152 spend on pest control by the hospital during the past five years.

A spokeswoman for the Health Service Executive said: “A decision was taken to purchase roof netting by Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital to address bird activity and nesting in the vicinity of the hospital.

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