Starlings nesting in trees and bushes on a Grantham housing estate are covering the area in poop – causing misery for neighbours.
The flocks of birds appeared in Kinoulton Court, on the Earlesfield estate, a couple of years ago after trees lining the walkway connecting the Greenwood’s Row car park with the Isaac Newton Shopping Centre were cut down.
Having lost their home, the birds moved to trees on the court’s boundary with the Urban Hotel.
Although their murmurations – swirling in the sky – are wonderful, the mess they produce is not. The birds tend to fly around in the mornings and afternoons, pebbledashing the estate.
Kinoulton Court resident Martin Smil, 42, said: “Between about 3.45 and 4.15pm is the biggest bomb raid you can imagine. It goes on the pavements, the grass, the trees, cars, people – everywhere.”
Martin runs a taxi business and said it is costing a small fortune to keep his vehicles clean. In addition to the cost of cleaning cars is the cost of cleaning windows.
Another neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “My wife and neighbour have given up cleaning their cars. A lot of people have.
“You hear it hitting the ground around you when you go outside. I’ve lost count of how many times it’s landed on me.”
As well as the cleaning costs and misery the mess causes, the neighbour said he has concerns about the toxins in the poop and the effect they could have on people’s health.
According to both neighbours, complaints were made to South Kesteven District Council but they were told it was not the local authority’s repsonsibility to remedy the problem.
However, SKDC’s executive manager for property Neil Cucksey told the Journal: “We have visited Kinoulton Court to assess the scale of the problem of birds nesting nearby. During February vegetation will be cut back and the pathway will be cleared to help alleviate the issue.”