The Case of the Poisoned Pigeons
One of the top local news stories this morning concerned the current spate of pigeon poisoning around town.
It seems somebody has been putting out rodent poison and around 40 bodies have been found so far, according to the newspaper.
Pigeons have always been a nuisance in town, making a mess everywhere and getting into the shops, a particular problem in the M&S Food hall I understand, but it is an emotive subject as the comments on the local press news story show.
The Wildlife Trust have expressed concern over the knock on effect on the pigeons' predators, such as cats, seagulls and peregrines who may be eating the poisoned birds.
I personally dislike having pigeons flying into me at face level whilst walking down the main shopping street but I don't have enough knowledge about their impact on the local environment to make a judgement about the rights and wrongs of poisoning them.
The birds are being examined and efforts made to find the culprit(s) so I hear.