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ABELLIO GREATER ANGLIA.

We supplied our Hawking Bird control service to Abellio Greater Anglia. A pest control company asked if we could provide an effective Pigeon control solution at a mainline rail station in Norwich, Norfolk. We conducted a Site survey and Costing and got underway. Harris hawks were flown inside the station under the canopy areas and station concourse, Persuading Feral pigeons from entering and depositing their droppings on the floor below. Two Feral pigeon traps were also included and placed in likely pigeon holding areas. Results were excellent, a great improvement with no pigeons seen on the station floor and numbers of pigeons entering as minimal. Harris hawks were flown Late evening and Early morning over a two month period. Traps caught a small number of birds and the Hawks did the rest. Shooting was used previously to cull the pigeons but proved inpractical and Non effective.

Since Hawks were brought in the Station is virtually Pigeon free with a lot less Pigeon droppings to clean up. Station staff still report Pigeon numbers as low and Hawking will be adopted from now on to control pigeons inside the station at Norwich.

Old Smithfield Building, London. Hawk Pigeon Control.

We were asked to provide a Pigeon control solution, for The Old Smithfields building in London, These old listed buildings were empty and awaiting a decision by developers as to their future. Meanwhile Pigeons were entering the buildings in numbers and fouling all areas with Pigeon droppings.

We flew on a regular basis two Harris hawks, flying as a team they kept the pigeons from entering, and on some occasions kept them from ever getting out again, The Hawks were an extremely effective deterrent, catching a number of birds inside and keeping the interior clean from any Pigeon guano build up. This is an ongoing project as the buildings remain empty.

Burnham Yacht Harbour Starling Infestation.

Starlings were fouling the yachts inside the Marina. The Harbourmaster contacted us to provide a solution using Falconry Bird control measures to cure this problem. The Tall masts of the Yachts were providing an excellent safe perching place for the birds. After they had gorged on the large crop of berries fruiting from the numerous hedges found on the sea wall, Marina clients were having to clean their boats every day to prevent staining to the decks from the starlings mauve coloured droppings.

We Flew Harris hawks and Lanner falcons to deter the starlings from settling on the high masts, and a 9mm blank firing pistol proved an effective addition to this particular problem. Marina clients were informing us of a great improvement within two weeks and we cleared the starlings within our specified costing.

Pigeon Droppings at Nightclub.

A construction company that specializes in the renovation of Clubs, Pubs and Bars contacted us regarding a Pigeon guano cleaning issue within a Nightclub that was being renovated in Bournemouth, The project needed to be completed within a strict Time window and our operatives rose to the challenge. Several areas of deep, Dried Pigeon guano was found within, and in one particular location it was over 2 foot deep a build up of droppings over several years, We completed this project within 2 days and within budget, Once all the guano was removed work could be completed by the construction company.

Solar Panel Pigeon Problem.

We provide an ongoing cleaning service to a Large National Solar panel panel company, Our Bird control hygeine operatives clear and clean the roofs and gutters of Pigeon droppings once the Solar array has been removed, Feral pigeons are attracted to these Solar panel arrays, as they provide shelter and a safe nesting environment, Pigeon droppings and Nest material builds up, Causing blockage of the guttering system and Feral pigeons mating activity underneath the array can disconnect wiring causing ineffective running and loss of system performance.

Our cleaning operatives clean the roofs and guttering Nationwide quickly and cost effectively.

Blenheim School Trapping/Hawk Bird Control.

This is one of a number of Schools we provide a Falconry pigeon deterrent and Trapping service too, combining the effectiveness of Trapping and using Hawks to prevent Pigeon infestation and build up, The school had a problem from a large flock of pigeons roosting and fouling areas of the school, Caretakers were having to clean up the resultant droppings on a daily basis. We placed Pigeon traps in suitable locations and within a couple of visits, the traps were starting to fill, We removed over 70 pigeons from the school and provided Hawk deterrent using a team of Harris hawks for a further 10 visits, Positive feedback was received and caretakers reporting a lot less Pigeon droppings to clear.

Art Deco Building with Pigeon Infestation.

We provide an ongoing Pigeon control service using Hawks and Trapping to Dorset house a large apartment block in the heart of London, This exclusive residence is in an area of high Feral pigeon density, A large area to cover we use 2 Harris hawks flying as a team with 2 Bird controllers in attendance to deter infestation. A number of Pigeon traps are placed on the roofs and to date we have removed over 100 birds, Flock reduction is all we can hope for here, with the Hawks acting as a visual deterrent scaring pigeons from the area and Traps reducing flock size.

Mayfield School, Dagenham. Feral Pigeon Infestation.

We were asked to provide a cost effective solution to the School's growing bird control issues. We quickly set about forming an effective pigeon control strategy using hawks, trapping, spiking and cleaning pigeon droppings/guano around the school. The treatment has been a great success with trapping reducing the resident pigeons and a Harris Hawk flown to deter further infestations. Roost areas were also spiked where necessary. This is our "Gold" bird control package which encompasses Cleaning, Spiking, Trapping, and Hawk flying all in one affordable cost.

Highbury Quadrant water tank rooms cleared of pigeon guano.

Islington Council asked us to chemically clean and remove all evidence of pigeon guano that had built up over a long period. We set about the task with a schedule of 3 days to clean 3 water tank rooms of all the pigeon droppings. Pressure washing all areas and spraying with avian disinfectant so it could be safely removed off site and disposed of in accordance with current health and safety guidelines. Project completed within the time frame with before and after videos sent to the client as is standard with all our pigeon guano cleaning projects.

Hawking and Pigeon control at the Perfume Factory, London.

We were asked by a Property Management Company to control the large flocks of Feral pigeons resident on the site,with the help of "Riddick" our young Male Harris Hawk and the Trapping of Pigeons at roof level,This particular Pigeon infestation has been dealt with effectively.

Gull and Pigeon control using Hawks at Lancaster Gate, Bayswater, London.

Local Property Management company together with the residents of Lancaster Gate decided to act on the noise and disruption the Gulls were bringing to this exclusive London address, We were brought in to control this Gull invasion using Falcons at roof level and our Team of Harris Hawks at street level, Our Pigeon trapping team also dealt with the large Pigeon infestation on site, now the residents of Lancaster gate can now look forward to a Pest Bird free existence thanks to our dedicated team and of course our birds.

Brighton Estates benefit from our Hawks and Falcons.

Herring gulls at 3 estates in Brighton had been causing problems for years until a local Property Management company decided to hire our services, The Gull breeding colony was positioned opposite these estates and the main problem being the B.T building, Our office agreed access terms with B.T and cleared the Gull colony of over 30 nests, Our Falcons were positioned and flown on the roof of this building whilst our Harris hawks took care of the 3 estates below, The control programme proved effective and within 2 months Herring gull activity was virtually eradicated on these sites.

Our Hawks control Pigeons on Islington Council Estates.

Islington council hired our services to control the large influx of Feral pigeons at the Highbury Quadrant and Mayville estate in London, flock reduction techniques and Hawk flying reduced Pigeon activity with large numbers of Pigeons removed from both estates, We flew pairs of Harris hawks in and around the estates at different times of the day, and once the control programme had elapsed pigeon numbers were reduced by 80%. Combination of Trapping and regular Hawk flying proved effective.

Hawks do battle with Gulls and Pigeons at Olympus.

Olympus Key Med based in Southend, Essex asked us to control Herring gulls and Feral pigeons at 3 of their buildings on a Southend industrial estate, Herring gulls proved to be the most stubborn pest here, but our Falcons were flown on the rooftops and our Harris hawks controlled the pigeons on the main building, Control proved effective with Gulls ceasing to nest on the roofs.

Hawking pigeons at a Chiswick Brewery.

Fullers Smith and Turner a London brewery based in Chiswick employed our services to control the rise of Feral pigeons at several locations within the Brewery site. Tash our Female Harris hawk was in charge at this location and was flown in the Lorry store to scare the pigeons from this location, thus preventing Pigeons from spreading their droppings on to the lorrys below, Our Hawk was extremely effective as was the Trapping programme which removed over 100 birds from site.

Hawks work wonders at Timet in Birmingham.

One of our most challenging Bird control projects was a Large foundry site in Birmingham, which produced metals for Aircraft engines, The particular problem here was that Pigeons were seeking the warmth of the foundry and gaining entry through open doors at this was a 24 hour operational site. Hawks had limited safe areas to fly inside due to the high heats involved, So we patrolled a Harris hawk outside, around the building and placed traps on to the roof. The results were that we cleared pigeons well within our stated amount of visits and breathed a sigh of relief that no accidents befell the birds on this near impossible location.

Pigeon Trapping at Pitsea market.

Property company asked us to provide a Pigeon trapping programme for this heavily infested Pigeon location, We located several suitable Trapping points and placed 6 traps around the market, Results were astonishing as we removed over 400 birds in 2 weeks. We have also been asked to return with the Hawks to patrol the market on a regular basis.

Clearing pigeons at film shoot in yodel building at Wembley

A Film production company asked us to clear Pigeons from a large industrial building in Wembley, A film shoot was taking place inside for the new Jack Ryan film and Pigeons were getting in on the act, We provided 2 Harris hawks to deal with the problem and results were no more pigeons on film. Difficult to work in this building due to the lighting and obstacles but our Hawks did us proud.

Our Hawks clear pigeons at Greenwich Power Station.

E.D.F Power networks asked us some time ago to provide a solution to their Feral pigeon problem inside the generating station at Greenwich, We recommended a solution using Harris hawks flown inside on a regular basis, Pigeons were not attempting to gain entry as Hawks were being flown inside and we worked with the staff to mesh potential areas for pigeon entry, and ever since the building has been largely pigeon free, thanks to our Team of 3 Harris hawks that patrolled this old piece of history.

ICI Paints Hawk and Trapping programme.

ICI Paints in Slough asked us to provide an effective Pigeon control programme using Hawks and traps at their manufacturing site, We carried out a yearly workable solution of regular Hawk attendance and Trapping inside the buildings, which proved so effective that to date the amount of pigeons we removed from this site has never been beaten to date. 3 Harris hawks were flown on this site inside the building and outside at different times, Day and Night as this too was a 24 hour operation.

Our Hawks feature in a Music video.

Riddick our Bird control Harris hawk had a day off from normal duties to feature in a Music video. The shoot was at" Hackney Down Film Studios", and produced by Phink Tv was for Lady Leshurr rap artist for her new track "Blazin", Check the video out on You tube.

Kennington Pigeon problem.

We were asked by a domestic client in Kennington, South London to provide a Pigeon removal service on his top floor Balcony and seating area, The local pigeons were fouling the area making it unpleasant to sit and relax in, It took us 2 weeks but we managed to remoe the offending birds with Trapping, Then flew one of our Harris hawks on the roof to prevent further infestations, Result another satisfied customer.

Old Romford Hospital with Large pigeon infestation.

Construction giant Talylor Wimpey asked us if we could help clear out the nurses wing of Oldchurch Hospital of pigeons as the building was earmarked for demolition. We set about the task with Hawks and Trapping measures and over a relatively short period removed over 500 pigeons,with the Hawks being flown to prevent any further infestation of the area.

Bird Flu (Avian Flu)
Starting from 2005

Avian flu or Bird flu is an influenza virus strain that infects birds i.e. wild birds like ducks,and domestic birds like chickens.

Several forms of bird flu exist, the majority are relatively harmless, producing mild or even no symptoms at all. However several strains of bird flu produce a highly contagious disease that kills quickly, which can lead to a bird flu epidemic. This is known as "highly pathogenic avian influenza" Such is currently being spread among chickens in Asian countries. Recently, it was discovered that the bird flu virus can occasionally infect people who have close contact with birds such as chickens and ducks.

Symptoms and treatment

In humans, bird flu or avian flu causes similar symptoms to other types of flu as follows:

CONJUNCTIVITIS, FEVER, COUGH, MUSCLE ACHES, SORE THROAT, BREATHING PROBLEMS, PNEUMONIA.

Anyone with symptoms of bird flu, should see a doctor immediately. Several antiviral drugs used to treat human flu appear to be effective in the treatment of bird flu, although the strain is resistant to others, please consult your doctor.

H5n1 virus infecting birds in Asia, which caused illness and death to humans is resistant to AMANTADINE AND RIMANTADINE, two antiviral drugs currently used for influenza. Although two other antiviral drugs OSELTAMAVIR and ZANAMAVIR, would probably work to treat flu caused by bird flu virus, further studies need to be done to prove their effectiveness. The strain of bird flu detected in Asia has no vaccine.

Minimising the risk

The following advice should now be strictly adhered to:

Avoid direct contact with sick wild birds, wear protective clothing, mask, disposable gloves and overalls. Avoid contact with wild bird droppings and keep working area clean and regularly disinfected in areas of wild bird activity. Maintain a regular cleaning routine, and wash hands regularly with antibacterial soap and water.

The most common question we get asked is "ARE MY STAFF AT RISK FROM CAPTIVE BIRDS SUCH AS THE HARRIS HAWKS WE EMPLOY"

The answer is NO. They are at greater risk from wild birds such as pigeons, and other wild pest species. All birds at effective bird control are domestic bred in captivity and contact with wild birds is minimised.

How to avoid getting bird flu

The following common sense guidelines should be adhered to:

  • * Avoid contact with poultry and their droppings if you are traveling to areas affected by avian influenza.
  • * Travelers unable to avoid contact must clean hands with soap and water or waterless alcohol based hand rubs.
  • * All foods from poultry, including eggs, should be thoroughly cooked.
  • * Any travelers with a respiratory illness from countries affected by h5n1 virus to seek prompt medical attention.

How dangerous is bird flu?

There have been a number of small outbreaks of bird flu since 1997 which have a high mortality rate.

  • 997, Hong Kong, 18 people infected, 6 people died.
  • 2003, Hong Kong, 2 cases 1 death.
  • 2004, East Asia, 10 deaths.

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