1452793452448Pooing pigeons are fouling the village green, invading cafes and dive bombing the elderly at Browns Bay on Auckland’s North Shore.

Hibiscus and Bays Local Board chairwoman Julia Parfitt is pleading with visitors not to feed the birds.

“It’s a constant battle,” she said.

People are actively discouraged from feeding the pigeons of Browns Bay.
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People are actively discouraged from feeding the pigeons of Browns Bay.

“I know many people get joy from feeding birds but they need to think about the effects of it.”

Signs put up in the village green in March asking visitors not to feed the pigeons are being ignored.

The board has received complaints from members of the public about pigeons swooping and frightening children and the elderly.

Parfitt said large volumes of feathers and excrement were causing hygiene issues because the village green is used for community events and is a popular spot for families. Businesses in the area were also affected.

“Unfortunately many of the local cafes have real health and safety problems,” Parfitt said.

“Having pigeons come on to your premises is a real nuisance.”

Ben Gusto cafe duty manager Pankaj Anand said the birds come right inside the premises up to the cabinet and coffee machines.


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