Published: 27 May 2022
Westminster City Council has issued a statement on pigeons in Hanover Square.
Read the full statement below.
Cllr Paul Dimoldenberg, Cabinet Member for City Management and Air Quality at Westminster City Council said:
Having looked again at the temporary measures introduced onto one tree, on reflection we agree that there may be better alternatives and the spikes will be removed as soon as possible.
We put them up as large numbers of pigeons were perching on a particular branch, covering the bench beneath and surrounding area with bird droppings, rendering it unusable and unhygienic. The intention was to encourage the birds into surrounding trees so that visitors can enjoy the park safely.
This was done with the best of intentions, in the interest of public safety and on the understanding that this temporary solution offered the best and safest deterrent.
The council takes animal welfare very seriously, and we have a dedicated animal welfare team to ensure we treat wild birds with care.