Birds

Unfortunately we only provide a limited range of bird control services. Please contact us for further details.

Pigeons

Feral pigeons will roost on buildings and other ledges. Their droppings cause damage and may also cause ‘slip’ hazards on walkways and pavements.

Pigeons are regarded as unacceptable, especially in large numbers. They have the potential to transmit disease causing organisms.

The number of pigeons attracted to an area depends on the food available. If pigeons are being fed, more pigeons will be attracted to that area. All pigeons require nesting and roosting sites (e.g. balconies, window ledges & roof areas of surrounding buildings) as well as reliable food sources. It is vital that food sources for pigeons are kept to a minimum.

If pigeons begin to roost on part of your property a number of measures can be taken. There are many products available that prevent pigeons from landing on areas such as ledges, roofs and balconies including spikes, netting etc. Occasionally culling may be necessary by shooting.

Corvids

“Corvid” is the name given to a group of birds, such as the Crow, Magpie, Rook, Jackdaw etc.

They are large birds and can be aggressive to smaller birds. They are clever and regularly build nests inside chimneys, often blocking them. Dispersal is always the first method to consider in dealing with corvids.

Control Methods

All birds are protected under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 and the Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order 1985. This makes it illegal to intentionally take, injure or kill birds, or to take damage or destroy an active nest or its contents. However, the law recognises that in some circumstances control may be necessary for some birds.

The UK Government issues annually a general licence (for which it is not necessary to apply individually) under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, which allows certain Corvids to be culled or taken by ‘authorised persons’, using permitted methods, for the purposes of:

• preventing serious damage to agricultural crops or livestock

• preserving public health/air safety

• conserving wild birds.

Culling can only be done under the above specific conditions. An ‘authorised person’ is a landowner or occupier, or someone acting with the landowner’s or occupier’s permission.