Dovecote has been by the Captain's Wife pub in the village of Sully for 80 years
The pub claims it had taken the action on Health and Safety grounds over doves
After outrage from locals, decision to close the dovecote was reversed by pub
PUBLISHED: 15:00, 27 November 2019 | UPDATED: 15:04, 27 November 2019
A village pub caused outrage by sealing up an historic dovecote, leaving birds and their babies trapped inside.
Pest controllers were called in to cement up entrance holes to the dovecote which has been near the Captain's Wife pub in the village of Sully, near Penarth, South Wales for 80 years.
Soon after, bird lovers arrived to free the white doves and their young, which could be heard flapping around inside, and police attended the scene.
The pub claims it had taken the action on Health and Safety grounds because the doves annoy customers eating outside in the summer.
The historic dovecote provided shelter for doves and pigeons on the south Wales coast in Sully, near Penarth
But local wildlife groups say it's 'barbaric' and are asking locals to boycott the pub.
After the outrage, the pub announced a u-turn on its decision.
Dozens of birds had escaped before the dovecote was initially sealed off and are roosting in a nearby tree.
Campaigners say they will perish in harsh winter weather and add that a rescue operation is under way.