BIRD PEST CONTROL

We have over 25 years experience flying falcons and hawks at avian pest species such as pigeons, gulls, starlings etc. These birds often cause an environmental hazard at various sites and locations.

We have worked our birds at power Stations, landfill sites, hotels and town centres at home and abroad. The effect on the local bird pest population is often immediate, long term success can be ensured with regular flying of Hawks or Falcons.

We carefully select the species of Hawk or Falcon and fly at the particular avian pest present on the site. Our highly specialised knowledge of training Hawks and Falcons for 25 years makes Blackwater Falconry the only choice.

Our team of Harris Hawks Liam and Jack were the first to control pigeons at Trafalgar Square in London, giving their followers a head start. This had the dramatic effect of bringing the transient pigeon population down from 5,000 birds to 1000 birds. This method of utilising trained birds of prey is not only environmentally friendly but is appropriate in areas from well known tourist areas to waste depots.

Feral birds and the problems they cause

Feral birds can cause a number of problems in and around a building.

Pigeons and seagulls can force an entry into a building finding an access point under roof tiles displacing roof coverings allowing water into the building with subsequent decay inevitable. They can also block guttering drainage systems with their faeces and other detritus.

During nesting pigeons will block gutters and hopperheads causing complete blockage in a short time leading to serious drainage problems particularly damaging in unoccupied buildings where the problem is less likely to be noticed early on.

Pigeon faeces and detritus are both an aesthetic and public health issue, when pigeons enter a building droppings quickly deface the interior and exterior causing expensive and time consuming cleaning and removal of faeces.

Seagulls - Herring Gull (larus argentus)

Herring gulls along with black headed, greater black backed, and lesser black backed varieties have always been a major nuisance and environmental health problem at waste disposal landfill sites, gull flocks can cause problems to low flying aircraft and their faeces can cause damage to buildings as well as a health issue. Gulls can become extremely aggressive and territorial during nesting, and will attack humans if they stray to close to the nesting site particularly when its occupied with eggs or young. Gulls raise one brood per year with an average of three eggs and incubation ranges from twenty to twenty four days, gulls are scavengers and will eat almost anything edible.

Starling (sturnus vulgaris)

The starling can be a serious problem in large numbers in an urban environment, a chunky dark coloured bird with bright yellow beak, numbers swell in the winter months as flocks move into the city to seek the warmth of buildings.

The Feral Pigeon (columba livia var) Descended from the wild rock dove.

The feral pigeon is well adapted to survive in a modern city environment where buildings provide habitats very similar to their cliff homes. The feral pigeon stocks are derived from domestic strains of escaped racing and ornamental birds. Two eggs are laid and incubation is shared, three broods may be reared by a pair each breeding season, natural diet is seeds but feral pigeons exploit a large range of foodstuffs left by man.

The faeces of feral pigeons represent a health and safety issue to employees and to members of the public. The risk of contagion is higher when pigeon faeces and detritus build up inside a building pigeons are carriers of a number of serious human diseases, such as pseudo tuberculosis, psittacosis and salmonellosis although infection risk is low the diseases are severe and may be life threatening, faeces of pigeons are a health and safety issue for employees who have to remove or work in close proximity, dealing with the accumulation of pigeon faeces is expensive and time consuming as protective clothing and specialized working procedures need to be addressed. Walkways and ledges of buildings can be made unsafe to use due to the build up of faeces making for slippery and unsafe footing hindering maintenance routines.

24 Hour intervention

Blackwater Falconry can respond to bird pest situations often within 24 hours. This includes the provision of fully trained staff qualifed in the handling of the specialist chemicals required and the building access and scafolding services to access the bird pest area.

Please contact us on the number below to your specific situation.

Blackwater Falconry carries full Public Liability Insurance for the provision of these services.

Our Approach

As an established bird control company with many years experience in this field, we have developed a custom service to best meet the needs of our clients in a variety of locations and industries.

We quickly and efficiently identify your particular bird control problem and provide a committed appropriate long term solution, we provide a free site survey with no obligation, along with recommendations for a pest bird free future.

Our falconers are also trained ornithologists this gives us in depth knowledge on behaviour patterns, habits etc. as well as crucial information to make your bird control project a success.

Using Blackwater Falconry Services

We will assess your bird pest problem initially through a telephone call. This will lead rapidly to an onsite survey from which we will deliver a report detailing how we would tackle the problem an what results you might expect from our work.

Our bird pest control programs are long term and require constant flying of the bird of prey in the area. In the commencing phases, the birds to be used will be trained in situ and the tracking telemetry equipment will be calibrated for that area.

Once this phase is complete, the flying of the bird of prey in the area will become a regular activity. The type and number of birds flown will be dependant on the pest bird situation. Continual supervision of the pest bird problem will allow the program to be adjusted to suit. Once the birds of prey are known in an area, flying will be less frequent. In some cases kites can also be used to further reduce the flying of the birds.

It all starts with a phone call from you!