Workers scaring away pigeons plaguing the Scottish Parliament building by using ‘lightsaber’ lasers 

Workers have been armed with ‘lightsaber’ lasers in a bid to scare away pigeons plaguing the Scottish Parliament. 

Reports show the devices have been used to tackle the long-running pest problem outside the Holyrood building in Edinburgh. 

Netting and hawks have also been used in a bid to scare off the pigeons at the £414million parliament site.

Reports show the devices have been used to tackle the long-running pest problem outside the Holyrood building in Edinburgh (pictured)

Reports show the devices have been used to tackle the long-running pest problem outside the Holyrood building in Edinburgh (pictured)

Reports show the devices have been used to tackle the long-running pest problem outside the Holyrood building in Edinburgh (pictured) 

Contractors have claimed the number of pigeons attracted to the building has been cut down with the use of handheld lasers.

It’s the first time the lasers have been re-introduced in five years – despite criticism from animal protection groups.

Holyrood has been plagued by pigeons since it opened in 2004 (file image)

Holyrood has been plagued by pigeons since it opened in 2004 (file image)

Holyrood has been plagued by pigeons since it opened in 2004 (file image) 

Activists claim they could blind birds but parliament officials insisted it was a ‘humane’ method to deter the pigeons.

Holyrood has been plagued by pigeons since it opened in 2004 and was branded ‘a massive pigeon loft’ with lots of nooks and crannies for the birds to nest. 

Updates from a falconry firm have confirmed that there has been a reduction in the number of pigeons plaguing the building. 

Elisa Allen, director of PETA said: ‘Edinburgh’s pigeons are local residents as much as any human is and they’re entitled not to be treated cruelly, just as human residents are entitled to consideration.

‘They have nowhere else to go, and local authorities owe it to these gentle, intelligent, family-orientated birds to employ civilised, humane management practices when dealing with any perceived nuisance.’

It's the first time the lasers have been re-introduced in five years - despite criticism from animal protection groups. Pictured: Darth Vader with a lightsaber

It's the first time the lasers have been re-introduced in five years - despite criticism from animal protection groups. Pictured: Darth Vader with a lightsaber

It’s the first time the lasers have been re-introduced in five years – despite criticism from animal protection groups. Pictured: Darth Vader with a lightsaber 

A ‘pre-falconry’ peak of 19 pigeons was reported in February, which was reduced to eight after the hawks had been flown.

But most months the figures were around 12 to 14 before the hawks were flown, dropping to four to six afterwards.

Miles Briggs, a Tory MSP for Lothian, said: ‘It is reaching a point when the Parliament will have to eventually accept the pigeons have beaten all the control measures that have been thrown at them.

‘From netting to rent-a-hawk to now laser wars.’

A parliament spokesman said: ‘Flying a hawk and using other humane deterrents successfully keeps the pigeon population down to single figures at Holyrood.’

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