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Feral pigeon deterrents

Rock dove perched on fence post

Image: Chris Gomersall

There are simple steps that you can take to help deter feral pigeons from visiting your garden.

  • Preventing access to food is a key to dispersing pigeons.
  • When feeding smaller birds, cage in all food so that pigeons cannot reach it. Maximum effective mesh size will be 2.5 inches. Pigeon-proof feeders are commercially available.
  • Netting can prevent pigeons accessing recesses, buildings etc.
  • Ledges can be protected by fitting specially designed spike strips or metal coil, or converting the ledge to a slope.
  • Be careful with your choice of deterrent. Those designed for use on agricultural land are unlikely to be suited to urban or suburban context.
  • Any audible deterrent will not be pigeon specific, but is just as likely to scare any bird within its effective range. Furthermore, it may become a serious nuisance to your neighbours.      

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