Birds of Prey Services
This service is the use of hawks and /or falcons to deter nuisance birds. A bird of prey is a natural threat to pigeons and gulls so the presence of them will deter nuisance birds from location. This natural instinct to avoid predators is used in our bird management programmes to change the patterns of behaviour in the targeted species.
Nuisance birds often have a habituated behaviour in an area that puts them into conflict, whether that be roosting, feeding or nesting etc. We use their natural instinct to avoid predatory birds to change these patterns of behaviours by having a programme of intensive visits flying our birds of prey that force them to change their habits. Then when these habits have changed visits are reduced but a presence maintained with regular visits as part of a managed programme to prevent them returning.
The Birds of Prey
Enviropest's birds of prey are trained purely for the purpose of bird control but not by killing the pest bird, they are not show birds or pets. Just as you wouldn’t or couldn’t use a guide dog for sniffing out explosives you can’t use a bird of prey that isn’t trained for the job. At Enviropest our birds are trained from a young age so they are used to the environment in which they will work. Each species of bird of prey has different characteristics and will be more suitable for specific projects.
The Harris Hawk is naturally designed to be highly manoeuvrable making it ideal to work in urban areas such as city centres, warehouses, they can even be flown indoors e.g. plane hangars.
Pictured is "Sky" a young female of 20 months old
The Falcon is the ultimate bird hunter, the Peregrine is in fact the fastest living thing! Falcons strike fear into birds making them very effective. Because they are very ariel in flight covering large distances they can disperse birds from a large area making them ideal for airfields, waste sites, industrial sites etc.
The Chilean Blue Eagle (or the Black Chested Buzzard Eagle)
This is Lola and she is 2 years old and with a wing span of between one and a half metres and two metres she is the ultimate bird of prey who is primarily used for the control of Canada Geese.
Benefits of Falconry Response:
- Doesn’t interfere with the structure or look of the building like proofing can
- Is always effective, birds never ignore our hawks or falcons
- Viewed positively by staff and community as a green option
- Enables removal of birds WITHOUT KILLING THEM
- Can be used alongside proofing/scaring etc. to maximize effect