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Times joins campaign to control Trowbridge pigeon problem
The Wiltshire Times and The Shires Shopping Centre, in Trowbridge, have joined forces to launch a Don’t Feed The Pigeons campaign.
Management at the shopping centre, who have hundreds of pigeons landing on their building every day, hope the campaign will make the county town a cleaner and safer place for residents and visitors.
The Shires has previously carried out a night cull of pigeons but Adam Rogers, founder of the Feral Pigeon Project, claimed this would have had no effect as the birds would have continued to breed while food was still available.
Instead, said Mr Rogers, simply not feeding the pigeons was likely to move them out of the town centre to look elsewhere for food.
Sarah-Louise Moore, The Shires centre manager, said: “We are spending more and more money on pigeon defences for the safety of our customers, putting up netting and spiking, but if people keep feeding them and littering ,they still come back.
“Cleaning up after the pigeons’ mess around the centre takes up a lot of my team’s time on a daily basis and I’m asking for people to please stop feeding them.
“After Mr Rogers’s advice we are embracing this approach but we need everyone on board with it.”
Posters are being put up around the shopping centre urging people not to feed the birds. Last year, two pensioners were given anti-social behaviour orders for persistently feeding pigeons in Trow-bridge.
Julie Davis, who manages Trowbridge’s Castle Place Shopping Centre and the new St Stephen’s Place cinema development, due to open in October, has backed the Don’t Feed The Pigeons campaign.
She said: “We have people who are in the centre and feed the pigeons, leading them inside, and we’d appeal for people to stop doing that. We also have the new development coming to the town with a glass-fronted Odeon cinema, so we don’t want pigeons making a mess of that.”
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