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'War on wildlife': Bristol residents put spikes on tree to avoid birds pooing on cars

The move has caused much bafflement.
Dec 20th 2017, 8:58 AM 16,218 56

Tweet by @Jennifer Garrett Source: Jennifer Garrett/Twitter

RESIDENTS OF AN area in Bristol in the UK have put spikes on the branches of some trees in an attempt to stop birds pooing on cars beneath them.

The spikes were seen on trees in the Clifton area, The Guardian reports.

Wildlife writer Jennifer Garrett, who shared a photo of the trees which went viral, declared the spikes a “war on wildlife”.

The Guardian said that a Bristol city council spokesperson said the trees were on private property and not subject to a tree protection order. And though the spikes are making headlines now, they have actually been in place for a number of years.

While anti-bird spikes are often seen on buildings, particularly near windows, they are not commonly seen on trees.

Green councillor Paula O’Rourke told the Independent that the spikes look “awful” and it was a “a shame to see trees literally made uninhabitable to birds”.

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