Don’t feed the pigeons, says Morecambe Birdwatcher

Jon Carter.
Jon Carter.

A bird expert says that John Wilkinson should not feed pigeons because “they can manage just fine”.

Jon Carter, The Visitor’s Birdwatch columnist who works for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), said: “I would always encourage people to feed wild birds myself, but I have to say that personally I wouldn’t suggest anyone feeds feral pigeons.

“These birds can manage just fine without extra handouts, while some of our native species such as house sparrow and starling are actually in serious decline and can genuinely benefit from year-round feeding.

“I can’t really comment on the jail sentence but I do wish such good-intentioned folk would concentrate their efforts on helping the birds that do really need it.”