Other UK Pest Birds

Pigeon and Gulls are currently causing the largest issues within the UK. There are numerous more that are classed as pest birds and can be controlled in certain situations under certain circumstances.

The below lists some of these other problem birds that exist within the UK

UK Other Pest Birds

House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

A pest to the food industry because of the risk of contamination from their droppings and the damage done to packaged goods. They will often use the same nest every year, which results in a build up of debris and insets associated with them.


Sturnus vulgaris

Appear plain black, but when feathers catch the light they may appear green or purple. Usually an agricultura pest but is known to flock into cities in large number.



More of a nuisance pest. They can be quite noisey and have been observed to pick up stones, nuts as well as other hard small objects and drop these at great height in an attempt to break them open for food. 'Falling objects' can be a safety hazard as they risk hitting pedestrians and windows.

Canada Goose

Branta canadensis

Originally introduced as an ornamental attraction to parks and gardens in the 17th Century. They have now become an established species within rural and suburban habitats. Their droppings cause hygiene problems and hazard issues. In large numbers they are destructive to waterside wildlife habitats and cause considerable erosion problems. Near airports they are a considerable hazard.

Collared Dove

Streptopelia decaocto

Colonsied western Europe during the course of the 20th Century. They have spread dramatically through the country and is now widespread and common. They are capable of cuasing considerable loss of grain from grain stores. Additionally, their droppings contaminate stored grain or food products and can also cause damage to buildings, machinery and even leaves on trees in which the birds roost.


Psittacula spp.

It is not known for sure how the birds arrived in the UK. The Ring necked parakeet and Monk parakeet are causing an incease issue particularly within London. These gregarious shrieking foraging parties are observed to peck through plastic air vents and nest within causing blockages.


Columba palumbus

Commonly confused with the feral pigeon but can be distinguished by its unique white neck patch. It is one of the UK's major agriculature bird pest. They have also prooven to be a serious pest in gardens and allotments. They peck at leaves, tearing them, often just leaving the stalks and larger leaf veins behind.

Methods of management and control

Management and control is dependant on the speices. The above listed birds and others not mentioned are either fully protected or have limited exception.

If you are having issues with one of these birds or even one not listed then please get in touch with all the details you can provide.

Further information

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