Falconry is a natural method of bird control and can be effective where proofing is not practical
The principle of using falconry for bird control is for the bird of prey to act as a deterrent to the pest birds.
After a free site survey Bird and Pest.co.uk will tailor a bird control program to provide a solution to your pest bird issues. Our trained birds of prey provide an effective visual deterrent. The regular presence of a live bird of prey, such as a hawk or falcon is aimed to change the behaviour of the pest birds and render the environment unsafe for them and encouraging them to seek an alternative site.
Falconry is a natural method of control and is an effective control method where proofing is not practical, such as a large open area or where your building is listed and proofing cannot be installed. Other methods such as audio deterrents and visual deterrents, such as hawk kites, can compliment a bird control program but used alone, birds quickly habituate to them and they can become ineffective. We also use dog patrols as another means of bird control to deter ground nesting birds which can cause expensive delays to property developments.
This is very different to the sport of falconry where the aim is for the bird of prey to catch their quarry. When birds of prey are being used as a deterrent the objective is to establish an area where the pest birds feel threatened by the presence of the hawk without actually being caught, and so move to a safer area.
Hawks are generally used to deter pigeons in urban areas such as town centres, schools and hospitals where large scale proofing would be prohibitively expensive.
Hawks or falcons can be used to deter seagulls. With large, open areas such as horse studs or landfill sites, falcons would normally be used. In industrial areas such as food production factory sites, shopping centres and schools, hawks would be used.
Ground Nesting Birds
Birds of prey can be used to deter ground nesting birds from areas earmarked for development. The bird of prey is flown in the area before the birds start to build their nests so that they move to a safer nesting site nearby.
Birds of prey can be used to chase a bird out of a large commercial building.
Along with proofing measures, birds of prey can be used to deter birds from nesting in or around buildings due for re-development.
Egg and Nest Removal
Seagulls can nest on large roofs. Falconry can be used to disrupt the birds prior to nesting, but it may also be necessary to adopt an egg and nest removal programme over a number of years to reduce the overall breeding population.