A popular shopping centre in the county is routinely cleared of ‘pests’ by a working bird of prey.

Every Tuesday and Friday morning, Bicester Village, the renowned fashion outlet site in Bicester, is visited by a working Harris Hawk that deters pigeons.

Bicester Village hires a bird-of-prey company to bring Scotty the hawk to the site to help keep it clean of pigeon droppings.

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The designer outlet centre – owned by Value Retail plc - is on the outskirts of Bicester, and opened in 1995.

The centre is the second most visited location in the UK by Chinese tourists, after Buckingham Palace.  

The site is served by Bicester Village railway station, which has a regular direct connection to London Marylebone and Oxford, provided by Chiltern Railways.


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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

Matthew covers Bicester and focuses on finding stories from diverse communities.

Get in touch with him by emailing: Matthew.norman@newsquest.co.uk

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