The spring doesn’t just bring warmer weather, it brings an influx of birds looking for a place to nest and breed. When large numbers of birds nest in urban areas, they can pose a risk to health because they carry diseases, their droppings can cause damage to buildings, cars, and machinery, and they can be noisy and even aggressive.
Why use falconry to control pest birds?
Birds of prey can unsettle pest birds and force them to nest elsewhere. We have one of the biggest teams of trained birds of prey at our disposal, and we’re acknowledged in the industry as one of the leading specialist bird control companies in the UK.
How we can help
We have an in-depth understanding of the relationship between predator and prey, how it can be applied to urban bird management, and the best way to use falconry to solve your pest bird problem.
Our technicians are trained to the highest industry service and health and safety standards, so you can be sure that your jobs will not only be done well, they’ll be done safely.
We are always on hand to offer you advice on the best course of action for your site, and our experience speaks for itself. We deal daily with every type of pest bird issue on sites ranging from international stadiums to hospitals, landfill sites, docks, schools, warehouses, and supermarkets.
Compliance with the law
We are the experts in pest bird control, and we’ll always work legally and humanely. You’re at risk of breaking the law if you try to deal with the problem yourself.
The Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 states that a person will be liable for prosecution if they:
kill, injure, or take any wild bird
take, damage, or destroy the nest of a wild bird
take, damage, or destroy the nest of any wild bird while that nest is in use or being built
take or destroy an egg of any wild bird
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Is Your Falconry Subcontracted Out?
No, at Contego we have one of the largest in house bird of prey teams in the country, with specialy trained bird control falconers covering every region of the uk.
Do The Hawks Always Come Back?
Our hawks and falcons are trained and managed to be flown on sites and are extremely reliable members of the team. They also carry a small radio tracking device that allows us to track them if they were to leave the area.
We have tried Falconry before but it didn’t solve the problem. Why are you any different?
We understand bird behaviour and exactly how relentless they can be when they are searching for food or a place to nest. After surveying your site, if we decide falconry is the best bird control solution for you, we’ll work with you to create an action plan that could involve repeated visits to fly our birds of prey on your site, bird proofing, nest removal, and more to keep pest birds away for good.
Will the birds really stay away?
Falconry bird control is one of the most effective natural bird control methods, but there a few factors that will determine how successful it is in keeping the birds away. We need to put consistent pressure on the birds who try to return to your site which we can do by regularly flying our falcons in the area.
However, keeping the birds away if there is something they are particularly attracted to on your site is a more difficult task. For example, if you have a farm and grow a crop that birds love, they’ll be more inclined to want to return. The same applies if there are no other real sources of food for them in the area.
If all birds are legally protected, how do you stay compliant with the law?
We have the appropriate licenses for the work we do and we comply with all of the guidelines laid out by DEFRA and Natural England. We will only ever consider lethal methods of bird control as a last resort.