Catch the pigeon!

Catch the pigeon!

Robot falcons on patrol...

What do you do if birds won't stopping pooping on your roof?

Call in the Robops, that's what!

Back in March, two robot peregrine falcons took up position at Waverley Railway Station in Edinburgh, standing guard over the new roof and keeping pesky pigeons at bay.

Believe it or not, companies spend thousands of pounds every year cleaning up after pigeons and seagulls. Their stinky mess can be dangerous to staff and cause floods by blocking the drains.

Enter the Robop - RObotic Bird Of Prey. The lifelike plastic predators are programmed to swivel their heads, flap their wings and shriek, just like the real thing.

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John Donald of Robop, the Scottish company which makes the robots, said: "Peregrines live off other birds, so pigeons and seagulls are terrified of them.

"Robop has been designed to look, move and sound like a real peregrine falcon in order to cause the same reaction as the real bird."
A (real) peregrine falcon in action...

The aim is to fool pesky pigeons into thinking that a deadly peregrine falcon has moved into their territory, scaring them away and making sure that they never come back!

Although it costs £9000 for a pair, that is less than Network Rail has to spend getting rid of pigeons and clearing up all their mess.

A company spokesman said: "If we didn't act to keep numbers in check, the station environment would quickly become very unpleasant and could lead to slips and falls."

Edinburgh Station is not the only place to have installed Robops...

The All England Tennis Club, where the Wimbledon tournament is held, is protected by Robops. And they can also be found watching over buildings across the world from Amsterdam, to Sicily and Saudi Arabia.

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