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
problems for the environment. UK
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
and their population has now
increased to around 5,000. Kent
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.