Rosewell fanciers fury over falcons

brian massey with injured pigeon
brian massey with injured pigeon

Rosewell pigeon fanciers claim they are facing one of the biggest threats to their sport – a group of peregrine falcons killing their prized racing birds.

Prestonhall Crescent resident Brian Massey (27), who has raced pigeons with his father since childhood, fears for the future of the sport. He told the Advertiser: “Last week I lost another one of my baby pigeons to a peregrine – another pigeon fancier actually saw it being carried back to the falcon’s nest.”

Mr Massey is a member of the Rosewell Homing Pigeon Club and has been keeping racing pigeons for 15 years.

He and other local pigeon fanciers say the peregrines on the cliffs at Hawthornden Castle cause great reason for alarm, as pedigree pigeons and song birds are diet staples of the predators.

Read full story in the May 31 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.