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Flocks of pigeons are an increasing feature of many towns and cities. What we don't always see is that pigeons can cause a considerable amount of damage and nuisance where they roost.
Pigeons are natural scavengers and will find their own food source. The size of the flock is determined by the amount of food available to them. The more we feed them, the more their numbers increase.
A pair of birds can breed up to 6 times a year if the conditions are ideal and will lay 2 eggs each time. If food is readily available the birds will continue to breed at this rate and the numbers will rise dramatically. If, however, the food supply is reduced, the flock size will reduce accordingly. Pigeons control their own numbers very effectively and a reduction in food supply does not mean that the birds will die of starvation, it just means they will breed less often or even not at all. If there is a small healthy flock there is less chance that they will need to be controlled.
Why are pigeons a problem?
How Can You help?
Please do not feed pigeons. In finding their own food naturally they will breed less often and have smaller flocks so the numbers will drop naturally.
Craven District Council
1 Belle Vue Square
Telephone: 01756 700 600
Fax: 01756 700 657