Bird fans are in a flap after there appeared to be fewer of the feathered inhabitants around Redhill’s shopping area and station in recent weeks.
Natalee Spencer, 20, said she feared for the birds’ safety when they did not take the food she left.
She told the Mirror: “I was wandering through the town centre on my way to work one day when I noticed I couldn’t see many of them.
“I sometimes put some food out for them because they need to eat too. But I couldn’t see any of them around so I just left the food on the ground.
“That night I went to Sainsbury’s with my dad and the food was still there. It hadn’t been touched. I was worried there had been a cull or something.”
Others have also noticed the area around Redhill Station, once littered with pigeon droppings, is now clearer.
Daniel Nixon, 36, who works in the area, said: “I have noticed the pavement is cleaner these days; there doesn’t seem to be so many birds chilling out overhead.” “Pigeons have no predators and they have an easy life with food easy to find.
“If their easy life has been disturbed by roosting being made more difficult or less food being available, then they might have simply gone somewhere else where it is easier for them.”
He added the pigeons could have caught a bug which depleted the population, but could not be sure without investigating.
In response to concerns about bird droppings on the pavement, Network Rail said it would look into installing new measures, such as mesh or nets, to deter the birds.
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