Anti-bird spikes installed on trees to protect fancy cars in England prompt outrage
Anti-bird spikes that were reportedly installed on tree branches to prevent pigeons from resting and pooing on cars have been branded as a "war on wildlife."
The devices are causing an uproar on social media after reports emerged of them being erected by a real estate management company in an affluent suburb of Bristol, England, to protect residents' "expensive cars," BBC reported.
According to the outlet, Hillcrest Estate Management had the spikes placed on two trees on Pembroke Road after claiming they attracted roosting pigeons that defecate on vehicles at the "prestigious development."
“There is a big problem with bird droppings around here,” an anonymous local told the Bristol Post. "They can really make a mess of cars, and for some reason [the birds] do seem to congregate around this area.”
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The resident also added that there are other trees available nearby for the animals to rest in and that the move came after other methods to scare them off, like placing a "wooden bird of prey in the branches,” have been unsuccessful.
Spikes have typically been installed in areas like windowsills, building ledges, and gutters to deter birds from landing, HuffPost noted, but some wildlife experts are critical of the move to install the spikes on trees.
Nature writer Jennifer Garrett tweeted that the spikes were a "war on wildlife."
While James Common said it was "quite possibly the most idiotic thing I've ever seen this year."
Green Party politician Paula O’Rourke told the Bristol Post: “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."
“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,” O’Rourke said.