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  • Writer's pictureRae Gellel

Baby Pigeons Saved from Being Crushed to Death!

Two pigeons had nested on a window frame in the stairwell of a housing block in Plumstead. The windows were electronically controlled and due to fire regulations, should be kept shut at all times. However, closing them wasn't possible due to the nest, which contained two baby pigeons, blocking the way - and had someone tried to close the windows, the young squabs would have been crushed to death.

The caretakers of the building contacted the Greenwich Wildlife Network for help and whilst we are always extremely reluctant to disturb an active nest - which is iligeal under most circumstances - it was clear there were grounds for this one to be removed due to health and safety concerns.

Rather than have the building contact pest control, which would likely result in the babies being killed, we decided to remove the nest ourselves so that we could ensure they would remain unharmed. The babies will be hand-reared and released back into the wild when they are old enough to fend for themselves. Pigeons nest year-round, so hopefully the parents were able to start over in a less dangerous spot.

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