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Implementing Ethical and Cost Effective Bird Control

Implementing Ethical and Cost Effective Bird Control

Bird Control programme using falconry response

Birds enhance the world we live in, however conflict occurs particularly in the working environment. This can occur when problem birds damage property or even attack people when nesting. Whilst nuisance birds are undesirable it is the mess they leave behind which creates the biggest challenge.

Below is an outline for effective protection from bird problems.

1. Identify the pest species and reason for control

All birds are protected. However under the General Licence with certain pest species it is possible to trap or shoot providing; authorisation is gained from the owner of the premises or his/her representative, that there is good reason and that all non-lethal methods have been explored.

2. Only use qualified and accredited professionals

There are many ‘pest control’ companies but few with knowledge and experience of the complexities of bird control or bird legislation. Picking the wrong contractor can, at best, result in poor value for money or at worst litigation.

NBC is a BPCA (British Pest Control Association) member; area managers are RSPH qualified (Royal Society for Public Health) and are BASIS PROMPT registered (Professional Register of Managers and Pest Technicians). All of our Bird control technicians are LANTRA qualified ensuring they are experienced enough to fly birds of prey and ensure their hawk or falcon’s welfare.

3. Choosing a bird control programme

There are many non-lethal solutions that should be considered prior to lethal methods.

  • We will recommend better housekeeping measure if required ensuring nuisance birds are not fed or have the opportunity to feed on litter.
  • It may be possible to prevent the birds from entering or landing at the location through proofing and there are many options ranging from bird netting, bird spikes, an electrical bird deterrent which carries a small and harmless charge, there is even a bird gel (known as “Bird Free” or “Fake Fire” gel) which gives off a UV flame only seen by birds.
  • Falconry. It is not just the immediate presence of a bird of prey which will scare the target problem bird species away. Birds of prey need to be used in a sustained programme long enough to change the pest species habits. Regular visits will stop other birds filling the void created by those leaving.

4. Lethal control

Even for pest species lethal control should always be a last resort. Although effective on the birds eliminated, studies have shown that pigeon populations in the area remain unaffected, If the pest species attractants are not dealt with the building or area still has the capability to sustain the same levels of nuisance birds as their mobile nature quickly fills the void that these eliminated birds will create.

5. Ensure evaluation and reporting for auditing

It is essential that the process is documented and evaluated right from the very start. You should be able to demonstrate that you have considered the situation carefully to protect yourself and demonstrate due diligence and to meet required legislation (The General Licence and The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981). Operations should be evaluated with bird counts and site visits reports before, during and after works which will help assess the bird control programme.

By properly considering non-lethal bird control methods that we strongly advocate, our customers can demonstrate that they are ethical, moral and law-abiding.

6. Contact the UK’s bird control experts

If you have a bird problem you can contact us on or find your local branch for a free site survey or just for advice and recommendations from the UK’s bird control experts. We are proud of our track record for delivering a national bird control service from each of our local branches, delivering a expert, valued and responsible service to customers.

Don’t just take our word for it!

“I was impressed with NBC who came to our factory to frighten away the seagulls which threatened to nest on the roof. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to others with the same problem.” FG Parker & Co Ltd, Cleveland
“We tried all the artificial methods and found them to be ineffective. We then used NBC’s falconry response which was highly effective and meant that we were gull free throughout the breeding season.” Nalco (Esso Refinery)
"NBC Bird & Pest Solutions have been employed by the Trust to control the feral pigeon population within the grounds of the Hospital. During this time Dave Green has provided a very professional service. Coupled with the excellent knowledge and experience in dealing with any unexpected problems that may arise. I can recommend his service to any other building/grounds manager, that may have a problem with pigeon or other flying pests.” NHS Medway Maritime Hospital

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