Independent MSP suggests bringing falcons to protect Scottish parliament from pigeons
Protecting the Scottish parliament from pigeons is costing £8000 a year, officials have revealed.
Scottish paper the Daily Record reported measures to prevent pigeons nesting in the building and cleaning up droppings, had cost £24,000 over the past three years, on top of an existing budget of £35,000 for pest control.
During this time, abseilers have been employed and anti-pigeons spikes were installed on ledges last April at a cost of £5000.
According to the paper, Independent MSP Margo McDonald said falcons should be brought in. "That seems to be the only thing that works, if we judge by other places that have had this problem."