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Thursday, 28 May 2015

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Pigeons culled in Workington after complaints

More than 400 pigeons have been culled in Workington and Harrington in a bid to reduce the nuisance that they cause.

Allerdale council has cut the numbers of the birds by about 60 since May after more than 100 complaints from people who said their lives were being made a misery.

There was concern about pigeon droppings and birds swooping at passers-by, with damage to the underpass by Opera Bingo, St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Harrington and Harrington United Reformed Church.

The council appointed an external contractor to humanely trap and cull the birds.

To prevent the pigeons roosting there was netting installed in the underpass, and people were urged not to feed them.

Before the work the council spent £16,000 per year cleaning the underpass of bird droppings.

That money has now been reallocated towards extra cleaning in town centres.

A council spokesman said: “Due to increased numbers of complaints, the council has acted on the wishes of residents and local businesses to adopt a pro-active approach.

“This work has cost approximately £6,000 and the benefits will include a significant reduction in the number of pigeons, reduced cleaning costs, and a reduction in the amount of money Allerdale residents will pay in repairing or proofing their properties.”

The council wants people to continue to avoid feeding pigeons to help keep the numbers down.

Have your say

Dave, The pigeons know where I live and enjoy the food that I put out each day for all of Mother Naturs creatures. They were here long before us and if you choose to live where Mother Natures creatures dwell then do not blame them for what you do not like.
Mother Natures creatures are the rightful heirs to this planet not humans, they live together and have learnt to tollerate each other and just get on with life. It seem that Humans can not adapt live together in peace and harmony, they kill for the love of it.
All mother natures creatures live where they can find food and shelter.
It is YOU who causes the problem not them.

Posted by Andy on 12 August 2014 at 15:11

These things are no more than flying rats and need to be culled. Perhaps if the half wits in town stopped feeding them, they would go elsewhere Not really rocket science is it.

Posted by Workington lad on 10 August 2014 at 23:35

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