Suggestions for pigeons deterrents pl!

Pl can somebody suggests what I can use as deterrents to stop pigeons from perching on tree stumps and branches.? I am not anti pigeons but they are pooing all over the shed in the garden.  I am thinking of reflective ribbons and birds scarer as seen on ebay. Thanks
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  • Farway
    Farway Posts: 12,989
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    Not a fake bird of prey, they don't work, the pigeons in our town centre perch on them waiting for crumbs from Gregg's lunchtime take ways

    Eight out of ten owners who expressed a preference said their cats preferred other peoples gardens
  • greenbee
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    Farway said:
    Not a fake bird of prey, they don't work, the pigeons in our town centre perch on them waiting for crumbs from Gregg's lunchtime take ways

    They sit on the gas guns in the fields too, while they are going off. They're not fooled... 
  • Mickey666
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    A gamekeeper friend uses old CDs hung on fishing line.  They rotate in the wind casting varying reflections, which is supposed to scare off various predators.  No idea how effective they would be with pigeons but I suspect the effect might be short-lived while they get used to it.
  • goldfinches
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    The only thing that has worked for me is this spiky plastic strip stuff.
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    I found that only the longer ones worked, the short ones were too short to be effective. It does look unsightly stuck onto surfaces but stops them permanently.

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  • MysteryMe
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    Pigeons perch in trees shocker. 
  • Davesnave
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    edited 10 December 2020 at 9:49AM
    Pigeons are smarter than people think, though not as smart as the Jackdaws, which get them to collect nest materials and then steal them. If you watch pigeons in open areas, they can calculate glide paths, knowing exactly when to stop flapping to reach a fairly distant perch. This is more clever than many drivers in our lanes, who cannot calculate speed to allow two cars to reach a passing place simultaneously.
    Spiky strips and similar were used on the old buildings in Bath, where I used to live. Here, we are up to our gum boots in Devon mud and poo for half the year, so nobody bothers! 

  • Farway
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    MysteryMe said:
    Pigeons perch in trees shocker. 
    I know and the mess bears leave in the woods is awful :D


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  • Might just be me but I quite like the pigeons.  They come and clear up all the bits the other birds drop so they have a place in my garden 👍
    Just my opinion, no offence 🐈
  • Davesnave
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    Might just be me but I quite like the pigeons.  They come and clear up all the bits the other birds drop so they have a place in my garden 👍
    To be honest I don't know what ours do, but whatever it is can't be that harmful, or I'd know. They're plump and healthy-looking, so eating something, just not our stuff. We don't grow brassicas though; soil's too light.

  • twopenny
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    I permenantly detered pigeons using the roof and tree outside my bedroom window for naughty purposes. And they're so darned noisy about it.
    I bought a small gunsized waterpistol, and aimed it at them. It didn't reach them and they looked at me curiously as if to say 'idiot' but it was enough to make them go elsewhere and I had some fun and sense of oneupmanship.
    It's useful to deter roaming cats from the garden to even long term and you don't have to wet them, they know what it is.
    The animals don't like the thought that you (ie the water as an extension of you) can get near them.
    It was so much fun that it's almost a disappointment that it was sucessful and I can't play with it anymore.

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