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The UK's 500,000 winged rats

As revealed by a question in Parliament.

Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimates his Department and its predecessors have made of the size of the (a) seagull and (b) pigeon population in England in each year since 1997.

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Joan Ruddock:

Feral pigeon population size was estimated at over 100,000 pairs in 1968-72 and 100,000-250,000 pairs in 1988-91. Data from the BBS have so far shown neither a significant increase nor decrease in the feral pigeon population since 1994.

Just half a million at the upper estimate? I find that pretty hard to believe. And about 500,000 too many, filthy creatures that they are.

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Anonymous nomad said... 7:40 am

The increase in feral pigeons is matched only by the increase in feral MPs. I wonder exactly how many people are involved in standing around all day in Trafalgar Square and Euston Station with one of the clicky counter-upper thingies.  



Blogger Blue Eyes said... 10:44 am

I've noticed that since the demise of Mayor Livingstone, the average size of a London pigeon has increased massively.  



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