The Humane Pigeon Control Scheme, funded by the Council's Environmental Health, has kept the number of birds down to the same levels for the last three years according to a recent progress report.
After building a specially converted loft for the pigeons to nest in, their freshly-laid eggs are then replaced with china eggs to interrupt the breeding cycle. As a result, the Princess Way flock, which nests in and around Camberley Town Square, remains at approximately forty pairs of birds.
Without the necessary controls, this figure, which is relatively small compared to other town centres, could be increasing by around 170 birds a year according to official estimates. Evidence has shown that other methods of pest control in town centres are unsuccessful and can actually increase the bird population.
Mrs Regan Clark JP, who runs the Camberley and District Animal Welfare Group, checks the loft every day. She then replaces their eggs, free of charge, with china eggs without fear or harm to the pigeons.
Town Centre shopkeepers and Staff in the Mall help the initiative by alerting Mrs Clark to the presence of nesting birds outside the loft.