DO NOT FEED the pigeons, especially in pigeon-friendly locations like Trafalgar Square. These ugly gray birds carry disease, cover everything with their s**t and are quite capable of looking after themselves.
They are not as stupid as they look (which is hardly difficult). Pigeons follow main roads and motorways to navigate and there have been sightings of pigeons using the London Underground!! It is impossible to run-over a pigeon with a car - they are experts at avoiding death!!!
If everyone stopped throwing bread and grain at these birds, they would have to go out and earn an honest living like every other sentient being. And that can only be a good thing ;-)
While pigeons are less of a problem than they used to be at Trafalgar Square, they are a HUGE menace at Piccadilly Circus!! I don't think eating here is a good idea......we watched a couple of people get "dive-bombed" by these hungry parasites! Ethan was concerned about them when I snapped this picture!!
I thought that Harry the eagle had done his job and got rid of the pidgeons in Trafalgar Square. But aparently not. On my last visit to London (August 31st '04) the pidgeons were back with a vengance. Cue lots of bird poop on the floor. DON'T FEEM THEM!! They're disgusting - and it cost's too much to clean their poo of the ground. Health hazard alert. Keep TS clean - get rid of the pidgeons.
I agree with the mayor " Red " Ken Livingstone on this one ,don't feed the bloody pigeons ,especially in Trafalgar Square.
Not only does it cost millions to scrape the guano of an already pretty dirty city ,but if you saw a rat you wouldn't feed it would you!
As well as lung infections the flying rats carry lice so DON'T BLOODY FEED THEM.
This is a controversial one and will upset the pro-pigeon lobby.
Watch out for filthy pigeons, especially around Trafalgar Square, otherwise you run the risk of being covered in bird droppings. Despite the 'No feeding' signs people still do and a there exists a bunch of people actively campaigning against Mayor Ken's plans to get rid of the disgusting things.
I like birds normally but not these things.
Update 27/03/03. Today in Trafalgar Square I was chatting to a couple of gents with a pair Harris Hawks. Beautiful birds. One flies the morning shift while the other spreads his wings in the afternoon. I was amazed at how few pigeons there were. This natural deterrent really works. I must stress that it is purely a deterrent and the hawks do not kill the pigeons. I believe that this is a good move for London.
Pigeons in Trafalgar Square!!
What can be found in greater numbers than tourists in Trafalgar Square? PIGEONS!
You will have no problems buying food for these pigeons flying rats, you may have sometime problems eating your own food.