Guardian Comment: Pigeon Man takes passion for birds too far

Pigeon man John Wilkinson feeding the birds on wasteland near his home on Cavendish Road, Morecambe.

Pigeon man John Wilkinson feeding the birds on wasteland near his home on Cavendish Road, Morecambe.

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As residents of Morecambe Bay we are lucky to be close to a burgeoning bird population.

Our area is famous for its feathered beauties and they all deserve our protection.

These days we are often encouraged to feed wild birds to ensure their survival but for one reason or another some people take it too far.

John Wilkinson, known locally as ‘Pigeon Man’, is clearly a true bird lover but his good intentions have backfired. And if he doesn’t desist he could end up in jail. As bird experts attest, under no circumstances should we feed birds junk food.

We are not doing them any favours as it can be extremely bad for their health, if not fatal. Excessive feeding of birds in public areas can also result in a danger to public health.

We hope Mr Wilkinson will heed this final warning.

It’s wonderful to see so many people getting behind The Visitor’s Save Our Hospice campaign to keep St John’s Hospice open for future generations.

This week TV antiques expert Paul Hayes has got involved by releasing a charity Christmas single in aid of the hospice. Visitor readers have been getting involved by helping to sell the singles and they’re flying off the shelves.

If you want one they’re available from the Visitor office on Victoria Street and the hospice on Slyne Road.

Check out our campaign pages for more on how you can get involved.

Ingrid Kent, news editor