With over 25 years of experience in bird control, we are one of the pioneers of using birds of prey as a form of avian pest control. We offer a 360 degree service using various methods and techniques depending on what is required for each individual circumstance. We are adaptable in accordance to the laws and cultural acceptance of the countries we operate in.
Avian pests such as Pigeons, Seagulls, Rooks, and Crows cause a wide range of damage and danger depending on the environment and the numbers in which they find themselves.
Pigeons are often referred to as “flying Rats” and can spread harmful diseases and bacteria such as Cryptococcosis, Histoplasmosis, and Pstacosis. Pigeon droppings are highly acidic and this can lead to corrosion of equipment which will eventually need to be replaced. Should they nest in large numbers their nesting debris can also block up ventilation shafts, guttering, chimneys, etc.
Seagulls are very often found in areas such as landfill sites and airports where they have easy access to shelter, and food sources. Their presence can cause damage, and danger varying from each specific location in which they are found. When they congregate on landfill sites the Gulls continuously look for sources of food in amongst the waste, spreading harmful diseases such as Salmonella and Tuberculosis. When found on airport runways they can be a serious hazard for planes landing and taking off. If a Gull is sucked into the engine fan blade it can displace the blade causing it to collide with other components of the engine resulting in possible engine failure.
Some of the problems we encountered
From the various locations in which we have operated such as; landfill sites, nuclear power stations, private housing and council offices we have encountered a wide variety of reasons as to why the avian pests find themselves in these locations. This can range from nesting, roosting, temporary feeding grounds, or a stop off point when migrating etc. We have successfully tackled each individual scenario using a combination of the methods we offer.
Twenty years ago we started a project working at a landfill site where 10,000 Seagulls were active on a daily basis, spreading litter and disease from the site to the surrounding areas. With a team of Falcons flying from dawn to dusk we completely eradicated the problem in 6 months.
Another site in which we experienced problems with Gulls was Hinkley point nuclear power station. Here Gulls had set up a home and thousands were nesting all over the site. Again through the use of Falcons, Hawks, netting and cages we managed to reduce the number significantly reducing the long term operating costs of maintenance for the site.
Working abroad we have successfully operated in thermal electric power stations across northern Italy where large quantities of Pigeons were nesting. Once again using our complete understanding of both the predator, and the prey, we managed to reduce the number of Pigeons in these sites from hundreds down to only a few sporadic pests on site.
The solution we offer
We offer a free site surveillance and consultation to fully understand the nature of the problem at hand. We then put together an action plan based on a scientific and a deep understanding of bird and wildlife behaviour. This method allows us to tailor to the specific needs of each individual scenario allowing us to resolve the problem quickly and efficiently.
Our techniques go beyond the commercial services usually offered. As well as the use of birds of prey, we also use non lethal trapping techniques, sound and visual based disturbance tactics, and practical solutions such as netting and wiring. However, these mechanical techniques alone are often not effective. Unlike the majority of mainstream pest control available not only do we solve the problem at hand, but we go beyond this to fully understand the reasoning and root cause of the problem, offering a longer term solution than simply dealing with the immediate situation.