Woodpigeons can be a serious problem in gardens and on allotments as they will eat almost anything.

They are mainly vegetarian with a preference for young leaf growth, in particular young brassica plants and peas.

They will occasionally take caterpillars, or other invertebrates.


The damage can be seen as lacerated leaves that have been ripped off when the birds are feeding.

In severe attacks only the leafstalks remain, resulting in a total crop loss.

Scaring devices or repellent substances give temporary protection, but the only certain way is to grow the crops under netting.

Lacerated leaves
Crop under netting.

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