17-12-2013 11:07 AM | United Kingdom

Peckish pigeons pose threat to sprout crops

It is an essential part of the annual Christmas dinner, if also one of Britons' least favourite vegetables. But the much-maligned sprout is under surprise attack this year on the eve of the festive season – from hordes of hungry wood pigeons.

Last year the British-grown sprout fell victim to floods and a sustained cold and wet summer, which wreaked havoc on crops and reduced planned volumes by at least a fifth.

This year growing conditions have been better, sprout quality is said to be very good and the yield is expected to be up 10-15%.
Full Story : The Guardian