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Crows pick holes in Berlin station roof

The Local · 8 Dec 2011, 13:58

Published: 08 Dec 2011 10:35 GMT+01:00
Updated: 08 Dec 2011 13:58 GMT+01:00

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The Hauptbahnhof terminus was opened five years ago, with a curving roof covering less of the platform than the architect had intended – and now the roof that is there is leaking.

Manager of the Berlin bird protection group Nabu, Anja Sorges, told The Local crows had been picking out the sealant.

“They seem to have found a great toy up there. You can see them from underneath. Crows love playing with things – they are very intelligent birds and it seems they have found lots to play with on the roof.

“I reckon the sealant has turned porous with age, and become easy for the crows to pull out.”

She said it would not be fair to blame the damage on the crows. “It is not their fault, it must be something to do with the material ageing, as it was not leaking, or attractive to crows when it was first built.”

She said there was no point in the Bahn trying to scare off the birds. “That never works, they are too intelligent to be scared off for long – they soon realise that measures to scare them do not actually pose a threat and ignore it.”

A spokesman for Deutsche Bahn told The Local that he knew the crows were at least partly responsible for the damaged roof. “Repairs need dry weather and a certain temperature, so it will probably not be possible to undertake them until the spring,” he said.

There would be no attempt to keep the birds away. “It is not as if we can cover the whole station with bird netting,” he said, admitting that the roof would probably still offer up a crows treat in the future.

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Your comments about this article

11:47 December 8, 2011 by freechoice
oh my god are there no other interesting news to report about Germany now?
14:59 December 8, 2011 by Berliner Mauer
If you live in Berlin, this is news because these crows are a problem. This past summer they moved into my neighborhood and killed off dozens of birds, to include the lovely song birds that were in my garden.
16:51 December 8, 2011 by Adrian Thompson
I loved this piece. A little bit of help to your first reader. Put your best smily face on and read it again - still smiling? There, not too arduous is it?
10:28 December 9, 2011 by Maschinenbau
Crows pick holes in the station roof? Masterpiece of German engeneering...

No, seriously that crows are a real problem. I live in Dresden and here are in compared to other cities in Germany very less pigeons (that is not reall a problem) because the crows killed or banished them over years, the crows destroy your front gareden, they scare children away (no joke, saw a kid wanted to scare them, like other kids do with pigeons, and was attacketd by many of them).

I bet it will be someday like the Hitchcock movie...
12:12 December 9, 2011 by Berliner Mauer
Alfred Hitchcock is right. Last week, I had friends visiting and one is terrified of birds (don't know the reason). So you can imagine how he felt when the sky went dark with 10's of 1000's of crows circling over Schlossplatz.

In summer they moved into my neighborhood and every morning I would hear their louding cawwing and fighting with the local birds who stood no chance against the prowess of a pack of stronger birds ganging up on them. Then my garden started looking like a war zone with carcasses from the former tenants.

Sad really because I love birds... but all things in moderation. There are too many crows in Berlin and something should be done.
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