Shopkeepers in Waverley Mall told BBC Scotland the "vermin" are living and roosting inside the mall.Read more
BBC Scotland, Edinburgh and East reporter
“They’re wonderful creatures, wonderful creatures with wings.” Says 11-year-old Callum Brooks, who has just recently started pigeon racing. We join Callum and other pigeon fanciers from all over the UK as they give us an insight into the highs and lows of pigeon racing and find why a sport that was once a popular pastime of the working classes is now falling out of fashion and is in danger of disappearing altogether. We discover the art of breeding a winning bird from Clive and Jill in Radstock. Head to the back of the Larkhall Inn as pigeons are marked up ready for a Saturday race. Then spend a morning with the Convoyors as they prepare for the liberation of 5000 birds. And finally join Trevor and his son Simon on race day as they anxiously wait to find out if they have won, or even if their pigeons will return home at all. Produced by Nikki Ruck
The relationship between humans and pigeons is one of the oldest on the planet. They have been our co-workers; delivering messages, assisting during the war, providing a source of food, a sport and obsession for many, and a suitable religious sacrifice. They helped Darwin with his theory of Natural Selection, have become a powerful symbol of peace and helped us unravel some of the mysteries of navigation. Yet many of us still regard them as vermin, as “rats with wings”. Brett Westwood and Verity Sharp probe into this paradox, and explore how pigeons have helped us and what they can reveal about the homing instinct and what it means for us to feel at home. Producer Sarah Blunt Contributors Dr Jon Day – Lecturer in English, Kings College, London and Author of 'Homing - on pigeons, dwellings and why we return'. Ian Evans – Executive Director of the Royal Pigeon Racing Association Barbara Allen - Author of 'Pigeon' Gordon Corera - BBC Security Correspondent and author of 'The Secret Pigeon Service'. Amy Dickin - Awards and Heritage Manager for The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) Tim Guilford - Professor of Animal Behaviour, Oxford University & member of the Oxford Navigation Group
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