Alfreton is under attack from flocks of “nuisance” pigeons, it has been claimed.
Council chiefs say the birds are swooping on passers-by around the town centre – putting them off shopping.
The authority wants to avoid a cull of the pigeons, saying such a move would be “publicly unacceptable”.
Mayor John Walker said: “It’s beyond belief!
“There are more and more of them.
“Their excreta is toxic and it will have a detrimental effect on buildings.”
Town councillor Scott Walker added: “I don’t think I’ve seen such a quantity of the birds in such a condensed space.
“We have had six months’ worth of complaints about this issue at town council meetings.”
A council spokesman said: “Alfreton seems to have more than its fair share of these nuisance pigeons which seem to be attracted by the food provided for them by otherwise well-meaning people.
“The council wants to put notices in place asking the public to stop feeding the birdswith a reminder of the problems caused by them.
“The council has asked Amber Valley Borough Council, with its public health remit, to consider what else can be done to reduce this problem.”