Seemingly attracting little real public attention, these structures, created from salvaged and scavenged material and clad in metal sheet or corrigated iron, are scattered throughout Glasgow.
The doocots are built on small plots of land sometimes commandeered for that purpose, the council turning a blind eye to this local and traditional activity.
The purpose of the owner is not only to breed racing pigeons but also to attract and capture other pigeon fanciers birds and keep them captive, thereby building up a stock. New birds are attracted to the doocot by a male or female bird enticing a prospective mate to its new home. Rivalry between doocots is intense, it’s a competition of ownership.
Update Jan 2015