When looking for a bird control solution there’s a number of things to consider including the pest bird species, the legal requirements and the control methods available.
Identifying the species is paramount, as licensing requirements change in different areas of the UK and vary from species to species depending on the risks posed. We will go into more detail below. If you’re unsure on the exact species, follow these links here to help you with identification: herring gulls, lesser black back gull, pigeons, starlings, crows or rooks. All wild birds are protected by law in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside act 1981.
Bird dispersal is a key first step before carrying out bird population management, it is a legal requirement to carry out non- lethal dispersal methods in the first instance. This can be delivered using products and systems including kites, bio acoustics, bird alert systems, falconry response, lasers, proofing measures or simply a human presence acting as a ‘scare crow’.
It is fundamentally important the method is proportional to the issue on site and the attempts recorded.
Many of these solutions can be deployed internally in a DIY programme with equipment hired from Contego if you have the internal resources available or can be set up and measured professionally by our bird control experts.
The permanent solution for bird control is Bird Proofing, the fixed installation of systems including pigeon and gull bird spikes, sparrow, pigeon and gull netting, fire gel or pin and wire systems. This level of control may or may not be appropriate given the situation you face. We can and have provided proofing systems from the most complex supermarket warehousing, huge roof nets to very simple spiked ledge protection. Selecting the right system for the species and bird pressure is paramount.
Falconry response is a non lethal effective solution to almost any bird issue, particularly effective against nesting gulls, roosting pigeons and starlings. Trained hawks and/or falcons are deployed to site for a number of hours depending on the size of the site and bird pressure on site. Flown free, at varying times of the day, the birds quickly establish a territory and the target species quickly learn it is an unsafe place to stay. The level of intensity of the program and length of program very much depends on species and why they are causing an issue – roosting birds are much quicker to disperse than an established breeding population. The only difference though is time.
Lethal direct control, following on from nonlethal dispersal it may be appropriate to carry out a bird cull. Depending on the species and your location this may be possible under general licence or require a class licence.
Legal, Things to consider: is the species protected from all disturbance, can a humane system be put in place to solve the issue, do I need a class licence or does the risk posed fall within the remit of a general licence.