Leighton’s booming pigeon population is to be displaced with the offer of a luxury des res and eggcellent amenities.
Leighton-Linslade Town Council is offering relocation expenses in the form of tempting birdseed and the chance of nesting nirvana for the broody females in a novel attempt to clear the town centre streets of birds and - more importantly - the foul mess they deposit.
They have been forced into action after complaints from the public, market stall holders and building owners. The birds are literally eating their way through the high street, sharpening their beaks and improving their digestion by nibbling masonry; the lime in their droppings is eroding stonework; they snatch treats from market stalls and, generally, have outstayed their welcome.
In the next few weeks they will all be enticed to a purpose-built pigeon loft built as a home from home for all the birds. They will be fed and watered on a daily basis, have their new quarters cleaned out...and be given fake eggs for them to try and hatch while their own are removed to prevent further breeding.
See today’s LBO for the full story.