Britain's First Pigeon Warden Tackles a Population Problem
Byline: Sophie Blakemore
Britain's first pigeon warden took to the streets yesterday.
Penny Tomlinson has been assigned to the voluntary position to help tackle the problems experienced across Walsall because of the birds.
She will patrol the town centre in a luminous uniform to offer advice to people feeding the pigeons and persuade them not to leave food out.
The role has the support of the Pigeon Control Advisory Service and will act as a link between local property owners and the organisation to give anyone plagued by the birds free guidance.
She will also pick up any injured birds and take them away to care for them before releasing them back into the wild where possible.
Penny has been caring for sick and injured birds voluntarily for ten years. She has an aviary at her Walsall home where she keeps up to 80 birds at any one time before releasing them back into the wild when they are fit.
'I have been looking after the pigeons around Walsall for a long time. I rehabilitate them and then release them back into the countryside away from the town centre,' she said. …