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Why You Shouldn’t Feed Pigeons In London

Anyone who lives in London knows we have an overwhelming problem with pigeons. But there’s a good reason for this. The city provides pigeons in London with all the food and shelter they could possibly need. But, what makes the problem with these birds even worse, is simply that people feed them.

Reasons to stop feeding pigeons in London

Unfortunately, people have always fed pigeons in London. Ever since the old days, citizens have delighted in feeding these birds. However, this practice is now banned in places like Trafalgar Square. In fact, all over London, people are discouraged from feeding pigeons. There are three good reasons for this.

1. Faeces

The most important of these is that pigeon faeces are extremely acidic. Pigeons in London generate an enormous amount of faeces every day. These droppings are mainly deposited on buildings where they gradually eat away at the surface.

pigeon on a wire

Over time, this causes damage to stonework and brickwork. These faeces can even damage metal over time. Pigeon droppings are a safety risk. They are also a nuisance to clean and are unsightly. After all, who wants to live in a city covered in bird poo?

2. Nests

Pigeons build their nests on the roofs of buildings. These nests cause a number of issues. For starters, they block drains and damage gutters. This causes them to overflow, which in turn causes water damage to roofs. Gutters may also collapse due to the weight of the nests. These nests can also cause damage to air ducts, ventilation shafts and chimneys. All of this damage must be repaired and costs the public purse millions of pounds per year.

3. Disease

These birds are classed as pests because they spread disease. Pigeons are known to carry a wide variety of viruses and bacteria, as well as other pests like mites. They are also extremely irritating. If you’ve ever been harassed, or even attacked, by pigeons while eating, you’ll know exactly what we mean. Pigeons in London are also extremely difficult to get rid of. They can be highly aggressive, and, unlike other pests, can simply fly away to another part of the city.

pigeons feeding in london

This is why people should never fed pigeons. By feeding these birds, it encourages them and make the problem worse. As well as being bad for residential homes,g pigeons are bad for business. If pigeons are something you’re having trouble with in your home or business premises, you can call Diamond’s friendly London pigeon control experts for guidance and help. Let us assist you in getting your environment free from these pests quickly and effectively.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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