Bird Of Prey Services

 

Birds of prey are used as a deterrent. They deter roosting, nesting or feeding of pigeons, seagulls and other nuisance birds on the site.

We can assess your requirements and propose a tailored, cost effective programme to meet both your needs and budget. We are able to provide year round control, or programmes focused on the breeding season of the nuisance bird on the premises.

This option is particularly useful for land development projects that want to protect the site from nesting birds, which can cause significant delays to the project.

 

How does it work?

The bird of prey is flown over the site on a regular basis. The pest bird will react instinctively to the threat of its natural predator and fly off. When the bird of prey is flown regularly over the site, the pest birds learn that the area is a bird of prey’s territory, and therefore not a safe place to roost or nest.

Feral pigeons can breed all year round, and therefore unlike the breeding seasons of other birds, pigeons can become an issue at any time. By introducing natural bird of prey predators, pigeons can be denied key areas and make an area unattractive for nesting.

How many visits do I need?

Flocks develop a set activity pattern, based around a defined set of feeding, resting and roosting sites. By implementing a program of concentrated visits with a bird of prey; this forces them to change their habits. When the habits of the pest bird have changed, the visits are reduced, but we still maintain a presence to prevent the nuisance birds from returning.

As an example, a typical pigeon control program will be offered on a “4-3-2-1 step program”. This is, 4 visits during the first week, 3 visits in the second, and so on, until we reach 1 visit per week. Depending on the bird pressure at the site, some steps may continue beyond a week. This will be assessed on a site by site basis. The intensive visits at the beginning of the program allow us to gain control and you can expect that most of the deterrent work to be completed within this time frame.

What are the benefits of this method?

This practice is very useful in situations where trapping or bird proofing may either not be an option or a suitable solution, such as stadiums, large areas e.g city/town centres or listed buildings/ memorials.

ALL birds – which also includes their nests and eggs - are protected by law and may not be harmed simply for aesthetic or nuisance reasons. Lethal measures may be taken under licence conditions where public health or safety is at risk. (Please note new, updated/amended licences are expected to be issued on 1st August 2020)