Pigeons can damage to plants in gardens and allotments. They peck at leaves, tearing them, often just leaving the stalks and larger leaf veins behind. Pigeons will feed on many plants, lilac, brassicas and peas are particularly susceptible.

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Wood pigeon on lawn

Quick facts

Common name: Wood and feral pigeon
Scientific name: Columba palumbus and C. livia
Plants affected: Many but especially lilac, brassicas and peas
Main symptoms: Torn foliage, often only leaf stalks left
Most active: Year round

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