Wealthy British neighbourhood installs anti-bird spikes on trees... where should the birds go now?
The spikes on Pembroke Road, Clifton, Bristol, were erected by the management company of nearby Bartlett Court flats to protect residents' "expensive cars"
Bristol's wealthy residents have put 'anti-bird spikes' on trees around their properties to prevent birds from sitting on the branches above and then pooping on their cars.
This has put environmentalists and activists in Britain in quite a frenzy.
Generally, the spikes are used by people on ledges and in certain areas to dissuade birds from resting there or building nests.
In this case, though, the spikes were nailed specifically to the branches of two trees in a wealthy part of Bristol.
The local Green Party councillor has said that the trees are "literally uninhabitable to birds." The two trees are located in the front gardens of privately owned flats in the Clifton area.
This is absolutely appalling. Trees made uninhabitable to birds – for the sake of car parking 😠 https://t.co/beuXUimZxQ— Green Party (@TheGreenParty) December 19, 2017
On the condition of anonymity, one of the residents confirmed to Independent UK that the spikes were there "solely to protect the cars". Many of the vehicles parked at the building are expensive BMWs and Audis.
"The spikes are solely to protect the cars, there is no other reason."
"There is a big problem with bird droppings around here. They can really make a mess of cars, and for some reason, the birds do seem to congregate around this area."
"We did try other methods to scare off the birds. I think we had a wooden bird of prey in the branches, but that didn't seem to do anything."
The spikes are commonly used in shopping centres which include Bristol's Broadmead and Cabot Circus. They are used to protect shoppers from bird poop.
It's not very common to see spikes on trees but it is reported that these spikes were attached to the two trees some time ago.
Councillor Paula O'Rourke, the area representative of the Green Party, said:
"I’m aware that the landowner might be legally within their rights to do this to the trees as they seem to be on private land. However, I will be looking into this at the council. Whether allowed or not though, it looks awful and it’s a shame to see trees being literally made uninhabitable to birds – presumably for the sake of car parking. Sometimes it’s too easy to lose sight of the benefit that we all gain from trees and green spaces and from the presence of wildlife around us in the city."
Twitter user Jennifer Garrett wrote: "Our war on wildlife: now birds are not allowed in trees...?! Pigeon spikes spotted in Clifton, Bristol above a car park. Has anyone seen this before? How is it allowed?!"
Our war on wildlife: now birds are not allowed in trees...?! Pigeon spikes spotted in Clifton, Bristol above a car park. Has anyone seen this before? How is it allowed?!— Jennifer Garrett (@JMAGarrett) December 18, 2017
📷: thanks to Anna Francis pic.twitter.com/NuG9WvYBMj
Many users have come forward with online protests asking for the spikes to be taken down. The trolling of these wealthy residents has caused quite an uproar in the neighbourhood.
I might pop round with a bucket full of birdshit and just throw it on their cars. https://t.co/LDM8PRDDLV— Wings Over Scotland (@WingsScotland) December 19, 2017
Check out this piece by the Humane Society if you want to learn more about how to 'Scrap the Trap When Evicting Wildlife'.
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