Monday, March 09, 2009

A natural solution

Alicante City council, is considering reintroducing peregrine falcons into the city to control of the number of pigeons and thus reduce the serious damage these birds and their excrement does to buildings and monuments.

The peregrine falcon feeds on smaller birds. Their presence also drives other birds away. For these reasons falcons are already used at airports like San Javier to keep the runways clear of birds.

The plan is to introduce a pair of chicks in a nest box at Santa Barbara Castle where a lot of the pigeons that roam the city live. The chicks would need to be fed during the first few months until they were able to hunt for themselves. Then they could go to work driving the pigeons away.

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