[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Friday, 16 September 2005, 15:38 GMT 16:38 UK
'To doo' over Holyrood hawk call
Mr Monteith believes hawks would provide a natural solution
An MSP has called for a hawk to be brought in to scare away pigeons which are plaguing the Scottish Parliament.

Tory MSP Brian Monteith said it would be cheaper and more effective than plans to install netting over window vents next week.

His motion warns that Billy Connolly's description of the MSP block as a "doo'cot" is becoming all too accurate.

A parliament spokeswoman said expert advice had concluded falconry was not an effective method of pigeon control.

Mr Monteith, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife region, said: "The pigeons have been a constant menace since we moved into the new buildings.

Office visitors

"It's one thing to enjoy Scotland's wildlife and another thing to want to share your office with it."

He has tabled a motion calling for officials to investigate using a hawk to scare pigeons away from the buildings.

The motion complains that pigeons can get into MSPs' offices through the natural ventilation system.

Mr Monteith said: "Hawking could be the perfect answer to the problem.

MSP block
The MSP block has been described as a "doo'cot"

"It is part of Scotland's heritage and what better way of celebrating this than by demonstrating its modern relevance as a form of pest control."

The parliament spokesman said it had to deal with the nuisance caused by nesting pigeons like many buildings at that end of the Royal Mile.

She added: "A very fine mesh will be put in around the areas where pigeons are causing a nuisance."

Mr Monteith said the mesh solution was short-term, would be visually distracting and likely to be more expensive in the long run.

"Also, as many will know, pigeons have a unique knack at getting around measures put in place to thwart them," he added.

Pigeons pose a problem for MSPs
24 Apr 05 |  Scotland
'Open house' for Holyrood visits
29 Mar 05 |  Scotland
Crack fears for Holyrood windows
25 Mar 05 |  Scotland
Parliament 'leaks heat and money'
23 Feb 05 |  Scotland

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific