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 20 March 2016

Releasing untrained white doves at weddings and funerals will see worrying increase in wild across UK

The rise may create problems for the environment

By Telegraph Reporter
1:03PM GMT 16 Mar 2016

The fashion of releasing white doves at weddings and funerals could see them multiply across the UK and create problems for the environment.
The RSPB and nature reserves said they have received an increase in calls and sightings of the bird.

While most companies that provide doves for functions use birds with a homing instinct so that they return to their owners, the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) has warned that some may release trained doves which are then left in the wild, the Times has reported.

The RSPB said that it was becoming increasingly common for people to release white doves at ceremonies, which could create problems if numbers were allowed to increase unchecked.
In Victorian times, it was common to keep parakeets as pets and some of them escaped into the wild, living in numbers around the country. In the 1960s, they suddenly began breeding in Kent and their population has now increased to around 5,000.
Linda Milnes, who runs Destiny Doves, a Lancashire which releases the birds for weddings and funerals, told The Times: "My doves are trained like racing pigeons so they always come back.

“But often I quote people a price and they decide to go and buy some which is cheaper.

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