Pigeon racers blame birds of prey for deaths and losses

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A pair of peregrine falcons are known to be present in Leeds

Birds of prey nesting in Leeds are threatening the future of pigeon racing in the city, fanciers fear.

Pigeon racer Simon Schofield said he believed 25 of his birds had been killed so far this year by raptors.

The RSPB said birds of prey were increasingly nesting in cities and would naturally kill racing pigeons.

But the charity said this accounted for only a small proportion of losses and many failed to return to lofts due to straying and collisions with buildings.

A pair of peregrine falcons are often seen nesting on buildings around Leeds University.

Peregrines have also been present on Wakefield…

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