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Pigeon racing fears in Taunton

RPRA member Michael Templeman fears his birds will be killed by peregrine falcons lured to nest on St Mary Magdalene Church in Taunton.

Nesting boxes have been placed there to encourage a pair of falcons to return and breed.

Michael has lost lots of birds to peregrines over the years. He said “If our birds are lucky enough to survive an attack, they become extremely disorientated, and if they’re injured it makes it impossible to train them. It’s truly heart-breaking.

“The fact there’s now a nest box at the church is a huge blow for myself and other fanciers in the area. It’s only a matter of time before our pigeons become victims.”

Read a more in-depth article on Somerset’s County Gazette website.

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