Feral Pigeon (Columba Livia Var)
Pigeons vary in size and can be between 2 – 4 kg. They nest on buildings and other structures usually on ledges, under eaves or on girders.
The main breeding season for pigeons is March to July but they are able to breed all year. They can produce up to 9 broods of chicks a year with each clutch being generally 2 eggs off white in colour.
Feral pigeons scavenge for food in and around buildings and it is not uncommon to have many hundreds of birds scavenging in food rich areas. They can leave a mess on buildings, vehicles, windows and structures. Their droppings can cause many diseases with the most common being Histoplasmosis, which is a respiratory disease that may be fatal, and salmonella.
The control of feral pigeons and all other wild birds in the UK is legislated by Natural England, The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), courtesy of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (Chapter 69). The Act deals with all matters relating to the management of wildlife, the provision of licences and wildlife conservation.
Merlin Services Wiltshire Ltd are licensed and qualified to deal with feral pigeons and will be able to advise you accordingly.