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.

Saturday 15 March 2014

Bird-lover threatened with £5k fine for feeding pigeons

Last updated Tue 11 Mar 2014

A bird-loving father from Birmingham has been threatened with a £5,000 fine and court action for feeding pigeons.

Father-of-two Adnan Mir, aged 37, began feeding the birds in Church Road and Croft Road, Yardley, two years ago after an elderly neighbour who had fed them for 35 years died.

He said he felt sorry for the pigeons, who kept showing up expecting her to feed them - but the council took a rather dim view of his actions.

He was fined £50 for scattering seeds in November 2012, and was given a council caution last year, with the council claiming the seed attracts vermin.

And now the council is threatening further action, accusing him of "ignoring" the warnings.

Mr Mir says he now only feeds pigeons in the park, and says he is not committing a crime.

Oh, and here is another thing that may attract vermin: rubbish bags uncollected by refuse collectors employed by - guess who - councils.  Going to fine them too eh?   

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