Hawks could be used in a bid to rid Diss town centre of pigeon mess
Diss Town Councillors are to discuss the idea flying hawks onto town centre buildings in a bid to rid the town of pigeon mess.
At the council's infrastructure committee on Wednesday, councillors will discuss a proposal, which they have shared with the traders' trust, to fly hawks onto affected buildings to discourage pigeons from roosting.
The technique has also been used in Trafalgar Square in London.
The council brief states: "Given the recent death of a child in Scotland and the dangers associated with breathing in the dust particularly from dried pigeon droppings, it is recommended that members consider what the council can do to reduce the problem.
"The mess left by pigeons is a significant issue in Diss particularly along Mere Street, at the
Mere’s Mouth, on the boardwalk and at the Corn Hall.
"The council was approached some time ago about a potential solution, which involves flying
hawks onto affected buildings to discourage the pigeons from roosting in the town.
"This proposal was forwarded to the Traders Trust for initial comment given the need for
support for any proposed measure going forward.
"This week we received a plea from a member of the public requesting that the town council acts and a request from the Corn Hall for some help in providing a deterrent to prevent pigeons from
roosting on their building. The netting installed is proving ineffective.
"It is understood that many buildings in the town already have spikes to try to discourage birds
from sitting on them but without additional netting, the birds sit behind the spikes."
The council are hoping to enlist the support of businesses for any scheme used.
Recommendation to be discussed, include:
1. It is recommended that research is undertaken to determine appropriate types of netting which
could be installed to reduce bird droppings and does not detract from the historic appearance of
buildings albeit netting is probably more aesthetically pleasing than bird droppings and the
latter is known to cause damage to the stone due to its acidity.
2. It is also recommended that a meeting is held with the bird control company to find out further
details. The Council would need to consider this measure in light of the Countryside and Wildlife
Act, which protects wood pigeons.
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