Zippos Circus installs a Circus themed Scarecrow after London crows cause £250,000 of damage to the Big Top


Zippos Circus has been besieged by pesky crows whilst on tour in London parks, causing over £250,000 of damage to the Big Top and the artist’s trailers.

Circus child Nicholas, aged 11 eleven and son of the knife thrower, came up with the idea to build a Scarecrow to deter the birds which has been placed on top of the Ticket Office at the front of the show.

The number of crows in London parks seems to have increased hugely this year as Martin Burton, Circus Founder, commented “We’ve never seen as many crows as this year, literally flocks of them everywhere causing a nuisance. It’s no yolk! Not only are they pecking holes in the Big Top and damaging caravans and TV aerials they also wake us up at 5am hopping on our trailer roofs. We believe they are attracted partly by popcorn spilled by visitors. Hopefully the Scarecrow will see them off.”

Zippos Circus is currently on Streatham Common, London, moving to East Ham on Tuesday with its Bon Voyage show. Tickets are available on