Pigeons, like all other wild birds, are protected under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 and the Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order 1985. This makes it illegal to intentionally or, in Scotland, recklessly take, injure or kill a pigeon, or to take, damage or destroy an active nest or its contents.
For the householder who is troubled by pigeons the main weapons for control are bird spikes. These can be installed on your sills, gutters, roof ridge, chimney or even TV aerial.
We also have a live capture cage trap and deterrents.
Common city dwelling bird.
Frequently showing dark bars across its wing plumage, they can have a wide range of colour mixes from greys, browns, white and piebald.
Larger than a collared dove but smaller than a woodpigeon.
Length of about 30-34cm and a wingspan of about 60-70cm.
Weight of about 230-370g.
Breeds from March through to September, or earlier and later in mild weather.
Nest made of twigs and built on any suitable ledge on or in buildings.
Has 2-3 clutches per year.
Usually lays 2 eggs per clutch
Incubation period of 17-19 days.
Young are independent at 30-37 days.
Can start to breed at six months and live up to four years in the wild
Associated with towns and cities where feral pigeons spend most of their time feeding, roosting and breeding.
They build their nests in sheltered, protected sites on buildings and other structures.
Nests are often found under bridges, eves or in derelict buildings. The lofts of houses and commercial buildings where birds have gained access via gaps in the roof are also common breeding sites.
Both sexes take part in nest building. Nests are usually flimsy, crude structures built from a variety of materials, such as twigs, grass, feathers, plastic, wires etc.
Nests are used for successive broods and can become thick with droppings.