Falconers hope a pair of Harris Hawks on patrol in Rugeley town centre this week, can repeat their feat of halving the number of feral pigeons, achieved in Cannock last week.
‘Ernie’ and ‘Leia’ helped cut the number of pigeons from 100 to just 50, when they were on patrol, in Cannock, from June 29 to July 3.
The birds and their handlers arrived in Rugeley on July 6. From next week, they will make regular visits to both centres.
While Ernie and Leia were scaring the pigeons away from Cannock town centre, their handlers spoke to members of the public about the problems the pigeons could cause, and the importance of not feeding them.
Businesses were also given advice about pigeon-proofing their premises.
The same programme was due to be carried out in Rugeley town centre throughout this week.
Councillor Tony Williams, Cannock Chase council’s environmental sustainability leader, said: “The falconers had a very effective first week in Cannock town centre.
They have made a noticeable difference already, and we hope to see a similar success in Rugeley this week.
“A particular problem is the droppings, not only do they make buildings look unsightly but can cause long-term damage in the worst cases.
The birds also pose a public health risk because they often carry diseases.
“The council looks very seriously on
this type of littering and will be issuing
£75 Fixed Penalty Notices to anyone seen feeding pigeons in Cannock town centre from this week, and then next week, beginning July 13, in Rugeley town centre.”