HL Deb 11 February 1965 vol 263 c385

LORD TWEEDSMUIR asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they can give any estimate of the annual cost to the country of the depredations of wood-pigeons.

LORD CHAMPION: No very close estimate can be given. A ten-year ecological study of the wood-pigeon, its daily food requirements, and the estimated population, suggests that in Great Britain damage of the order of £2 million to £3 million a year is done to crops, many of which, however, recover to a degree, the extent of which it has been found impossible to calculate.