Pigeon fanciers in Bedfordshire warn their hobby's under threat

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Pigeon fanciers in Bedfordshire are warning their hobby's under threat because of increasing attacks from birds of prey.

Andy Talmer from Bedford has kept homing pigeons for 45 years, but says he has lost a number of birds in recent years to Sparrowhawks and Peregrine Falcons.

He says, he's heard similar stories from around the region and others are giving up after seeing attacks.

"There should be some sort of control method with it now. If numbers are getting that great, to me, it just doesn't make sense. Not just racing pigeons, but with wildlife generally.

"Small birds within our garden we used to feed, put nuts feeders out for the winter - stop doing it, because it becomes a restaurant for hawks."