Pesky pigeons making a mess in town centres really do ruffle the feathers.
But it isn’t only pigeons that have been seen as a flying pest in the past.
Rita Swift, of the Dunstable and District Local History Society, spotted an interesting entry in the Parish of Dunstable Vestry Minutes.
In 1790, at a public vestry meeting, it was stated that “the Churchwardens do encourage the destruction of sparrows in this Parish by purchasing the heads at the rate of two pence per dozen”.
How times change – I often hear or read of people sighing over how rare it is to see these little birds nowadays.
Anyway. Going back to pigeon problems, I was fascinated to hear about an offbeat scheme that our neighbours over in Leighton Buzzard are planning for the feathered ‘friends’. The idea is to entice the unwelcome visitors away to a purpose-built pigeon loft.
There, they will be fed and watered daily. Their new quarters will be cleaned out. Doesn’t sound like anything to get in a flap about.
And here comes the crafty bit. They will be given a little something extra, too – fake eggs!
The idea is that they will be fooled into trying to hatch the ersatz eggs, with the real eggs whipped out of the way to put a stop to further breeding.
Clever stuff. Apparently, it isn’t a new idea. It is a tried and tested success in other towns, and has been used widely in the NHS at hospitals.
Leighton-Linslade Town Council is calling the initiative Operation Swan.
Hmm. This sounds worth keeping an eye on – it could just be the pigeons’ swan song...
A certain Walkers crisps advert has apparently been featuring football supremo Gary Lineker in a tractor.
But did you know that Gary and his tractor visited this year’s classic and vintage motor show in Houghton Regis?
In fact, there were two Gary Linekers and tractors .
But these Garys wouldn’t be too much use on a football pitch – for they were cardboard versions!
Kishor Patel, who owns Nisa Local stores in the area, took along the fun cardboard Garys and tractors, which are used to promote the crisps.
There was a lot of interest in them at the show.
He said: “We used the tractors as a ‘vehicle’ to hand out hundreds of free packets of Walkers crisps and fresh fruit to visitors.”
Now Kishor is happy to let one of the “tractors” go to a good home.
He is asking for bids from anyone interested in owning one, to raise cash for the Houghton Regis mayor’s appeal.
And that’s not all. Kishor will match the winning amount (up to a £250 limit) to boost the fundraising for the appeal.
What a great idea. If you’d like to make a bid, pop into the Nisa Local in Hillborough Crescent, Houghton. Let’s hope they make a packet!
Did you celebrate World Gratitude Day? Saturday, September 21, was the big day.
The idea is to take time out to think about anything that makes you grateful.
It’s a good opportunity to say thanks to someone, too, whether it’s for saving your life or for everyday good deeds.
But wouldn’t the world be a nicer place if we all showed a little more appreciation every day? Just an idea. No need to thank me...