Swindon Library Calls In The Birds
Swindon Library has enlisted two hawks to scare off pigeons from the building. The fearsome birds of prey have been hired after library users complained of having to avoid bird droppings in the courtyard. All in all, combined with cleaning costs, the hawks will cost the council around £4,000 but they claim it is worth it. Alison Jordan, head of Swindon's library service, claims that due to the pigeons there was "mess everywhere" and that certain outdoor spaces were un-usable - with 25 nests underneath the balcony itself.
A spokesman from the authority said the hawks would be brought in a for a couple of hours every few days for about four months.
"After a while the pigeons realise it's not safe to be there," he said.
In London, authorities hired hawks to keep pigeons away from Trafalgar Square, which was successful, but backfired when some of the birds of prey then began attacking toy dogs in well-heeled districts of the capital.