LGVN Animals / Pigeons
Pigeons Back into our Cities.
and Holland show new humane ways that enable people and pigeons
in cities to live side by side.
Pigeon loft on the roof of the Bijenkorf store in Amsterdam
and city life go hand in hand, but it's a love-hate relationship.
We feed them in the park, we photograph them around tourists attractions
in city centres and there is always the air of romance and perhaps
melancholy seeing pigeons take off from town squares at sunset on
late autumn evenings. In fact, cities wouldn't be quite the same
without our inquisitive feathered residents. But at the same time,
many town dwellers around the world have also scorned pigeons as
pests and vermin, often resulting in solutions that cause a painful,
slow death either by traps or poison. And we have all seen the sad
sight of limping pigeons who have had their feet ripped apart by
sharp metal traps.
now, groundbreaking new projects have been springing up in Germany
and Holland, providing habitats for pigeons on city rooftops in
a clean, controlled environment.
Innovative designs of pigeon lofts allow easy maintenance, whereby
population numbers can be regulated by replacing eggs with plaster
ones. Because of regular feeding inside the lofts, the pigeons sleep
and brood there instead of window ledges and gutters where they
can cause a nuisance.
Landelijke Werkgroep Duivenoverlast
is a group in Holland who are actively promoting this new approach
to pigeon problems in cities. They point out that the age-old methods
of capture and killing of pigeons doesn't cure the problem. They
will always return, and often in higher numbers because the remaining
birds are driven to reproduce more frequently to make up for those
With the new easily accessible lofts
being situated in Dutch and German cities, along with low-shock
wiring to deter pigeons from unwanted areas, these new projects
are hoped to inspire the councils of other world cities like London,
New York and Rome to reconsider their approach to the "nuisance"
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