'Anti bird' spikes put on trees outside privately owned flats in Bristol are there to 'protect expensive cars from bird poo', according to an anonymous resident.
The spikes sparked ire on social media when a picture was shared on Twitter by Social Media Manager Jennifer Garrett.
'War on wildlife'
She wrote: "Our war on wildlife: now birds are not allowed in trees...?! Pigeon spikes spotted in Clifton, Bristol above a car park.
"Has anyone seen this before? How is it allowed?!"
Her tweet has currently had 6,905 Retweets and 8,750 Likes.
Bristol East MP - and vegan - Kerry McCarthy responded to the tweet saying: "I saw it earlier. I think it’s private land and local councillors are looking into it. Seems very odd."
Donna Rainey? said: "We have reached a new low. Appalling!"
According to one Twitter user the spikes are not new - but have been in place for around three years.
Paula O’Rourke, Green councillor for Clifton, told the Bristol Post: "Whether allowed or not though, it looks awful and it’s a shame to see trees being literally made uninhabitable to birds – presumably for the sake of car parking."
A council spokesperson added: "The spikes have been there for years, however as they’re on private property without a tree protection order, this is out of the council’s remit."