Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Owl's That; Stations Use Plastic Bird to Scare off the Pigeons

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Owl's That; Stations Use Plastic Bird to Scare off the Pigeons

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Byline: KATHARINE BARNEY

THEY are just two feet tall and are made of plastic but these artificial owls could be the solution to London's pigeon problem.

Train company One has installed the decoy predators in the rafters of Hackney Downs, Hertford East and Chingford stations, where passengers and staff have complained that an infestation of pigeons was becoming a health hazard.

If they are successful, the dummies could be used at other stations too.

A One spokesman said: "On a wet day the droppings can mean that floors can be slippery, adding to the other problems pigeons present.

"If we see a fall in the number of pigeons at Chingford we may roll out the plastic owls to our other stations."

The owls, which are used widely in the US, can be bought from pest control companies for between [pounds sterling]25 and [pounds sterling]45 each.

A spokesman for one supplier, Pest Control Shop UK, said: "Pigeons are quite aware of their surroundings and any changes that occur, so when they see the owls they will see a dangerous predator and keep away. …

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