We love British birds. Every wild bird and their eggs in the UK are rightfully protected by law under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
Unfortunately, a few species of birds come into direct conflict with humans when they nest and roost around our homes or businesses. These birds can cause real problems, including excessive nuisance and public health concerns.
Urban birds such as gulls and pigeons are great opportunists. Handed a ready food source and sheltered nesting site, these birds can grow rapidly and what initially attracted a few birds can soon become a thriving, unwanted colony.
Using birds of prey as a pest control treatment is a very effective medium to long term solution. We will never tell you that one or two visits will sort the problem. In an ideal world we will view the site to assess its suitability and if there is anything harmful for the birds close by. Whether the area is unsuitable for Falconry work or not we will advise you of other measures you could consider for your pest problem. We will then discuss the options available and the number of visits required. The Falconer will usually need to visit every day for 8 – 15 days, typically for a 2 hour visit. The visits can then be reduced to once a week then once a fortnight, in order to deter the problem birds from returning. Our initial site investigation service is a FREE service and we will happily give you additional advice on other preventative measures available
Using birds of prey is a natural and lawful method of bird control. Working in harmony with nature is what makes this effective solution so appealing to businesses. We will always visit a site to check for suitability and advise on the benefits of using our bird prevention teams. If suitable we will establish a bird of prey on site, which will effectively disrupt any pest birds’ natural behaviour pattern. This in turn dissuades them from copulating and reduces the population over time. Although some birds of prey are trained to hunt, ours are trained to return to the fist for food.
Some sites are suitable for bird proofing. This prevents the birds from accessing areas where they would normally nest and roost. Solutions can vary from building to building so our experts will do a full site inspection to ascertain the right solution to your specific problem. This can include netting larger areas, spiking edges and drainpipes, using post and wire which look less intrusive or a less popular method of using gels. Getting the right solution is a key part of safeguarding your business activities and ensuring health and safety compliance.
Whichever deterrent solution is used it must always be legally compliant. Whilst it is illegal to remove many birds’ eggs and nests there are plenty of alternatives that will deter them from your premises and encourage them to nest and roost elsewhere. Audio and visual scarers, lasers, gels, solar are just some of the items in our arsenal. We can advise, choose and install the cost efficient and suitable method for your business. We work both locally and nationally and offer an emergency service where required.
Designated building sites are home to nesting birds, and so work is unable to be started on site during the nesting season (February to August). “If you can’t change the timing or location of your activity to avoid affecting birds, you can sometimes prevent birds from nesting for a short time” Natural England.
We can work with your teams to incorporate a bird management program and provide a bird mitigation plan. This will include what methods we would use to prevent birds from nesting, monitoring the effectiveness of this program and create alternative nesting sites for the wild birds.
We now deal with a lot of commercial properties to keep the local bird population away from site. Bird droppings can be an unsightly and a destructive menace, on cars, windows and pavements. Birds’ nests can clog vents and drains. Plus seagulls will pull bins apart, causing more headaches for your business or tenants with a higher risk of rodent infestations. Our trained birds are environmentally sound and a permanent solution.
Greedy seagulls are the biggest menace to school children at break time, but when classes are called in the gulls then cause more headaches when they pull the bins apart. More and more schools are seeking the help of our birds of prey, who will keep the unwanted visitors away from the area. All our trained staff are fully compliant, hold Basic Disclosure Certificates and can visit at a time suitable for you. The birds also add some educational value to a school day.
Falconry at airports have a long established partnership. Working birds around the site has a huge safety benefit and can only prove that this type of pest prevention really does work. Not that all companies have an airfield they need kept clear, but the same principles apply to all expanses of areas. We now work with builders who want to temporarily discourage nesting birds, so the nests are not disturb whilst building.
Our Falconers have been working with and training birds for over 19 years. We only introduce new birds from responsible sources, keeping them ringed and registered. We fly them daily which keeps them agile and in top condition throughout their working months, then rotate the birds so they can moult naturally and breed as they need to. Our Falconers also work within the industry to advise on best practises and improve standards across the UK.