THE influx of pigeons in the historic centre of Alcúdia in Mallorca, Spain, has caused alarm in the local community, with residents urging the Council to enforce measures to halt the problem.
Complaints have been made to report the increased number of bird droppings in the area, which are said to contaminate water tanks, posing a serious risk to public health.
In response, Councillor Joaquín Cantalapiedra states that most of the birds live in a partly-demolished property on Calle Amorós, which for this reason has proved particularly difficult for the council to find a long-term solution to the issue.
Cantalapiedra explains that there have been efforts to lay traps to catch the birds where they are then taken to Natura Parc. However, Agüi Lobo, the Governor of Health for Alcúdia City Council acknowledges that this “is a very slow process and not efficient enough.”
One resident named Jaume Amorós has taken matters into his own hands, submitting various proposals to the council as believes that the problem is likely to spread across Mallorca as the birds “breed uncontrollably and the water is no longer drinkable as contains faeces.”