A common sight at subway stations and public buildings around the world, anti-bird spikes have made their way onto neighborhood trees—and there are some ruffled feathers on Twitter.
The spikes have been nailed to two trees outside of privately owned flats in a wealthy part of Bristol, U.K. and according to The Independent, their sole purpose is to protect the expensive cars of the residents.
After photos made the rounds on social media, numerous people were outraged at the move, with one woman tweeting, "Our war on wildlife: now birds are not allowed in trees...?!" People expressed their frustration with the car owners who were putting their own personal convenience above the health and balance of the wildlife in the area.
"I'm aware that the landowner might be legally within their rights to do this to the trees as they seem to be on private land." Green Party councillor Paula O'Rourke said. "Sometimes it's too easy to lose sight of the benefit that we all gain from trees and green spaces and from the presence of wildlife around us in the city."
And while the pushback is recent, a spokesperson from the Bristol city council said that they had been there for years.
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