A gang of sex-mad peacocks is making life pretty tricky for the residents of Ushaw Moor in Durham.
A flock of more than 30 of the birds has moved in and spend all night calling to each other from the rooftops of the estate.
Sleep-deprived residents have signed a petition calling on the council to step in and remove the peacocks, which have also caused damage to cars by attacking their reflections.
A peacock attacking its own reflection [SWNS]
There’s also the issue of pavements covered in sticky green excrement. All in all, not ideal.
Graham Bridge, 55, who has launched the petition ‘Peacocks Making Villagers’ Life a Misery’ claims the birds belong to a nearby farm and numbers have recently increased.
But the farm’s owners reckons the peacocks are wild.
Bridge says he’s seen “13 or 14 in my own garden at any one time”.
“It’s a shame because they are beautiful birds. You would admire them if you saw them in a stately home or country estate, but they shouldn’t be wandering around a housing estate.
"The number one problem by a long way is sleep deprivation.
"Since I put up the petition a week last Friday I haven’t had a full nights’ sleep.
"The screeching is unbearable and once one starts, it sets them all off.
"Then there is the mess they leave. It’s not like normal animal poo - it’s green glue."
The petition to Durham County Council has 104 signatures.
Joanne Waller, head of environment, health and consumer protection said: "We have received complaints about noise from peacocks in Ushaw Moor and we are currently investigating to determine whether they create a statutory noise nuisance under the Environmental Protection Act 1990."
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