Some bird species can create a nuisance, including making a noise, fouling and even causing property damage. However, all birds in the United Kingdom are protected by law.
Choosing the right course of action is essential, as it’s illegal to intentionally harm or kill birds. You are not allowed to take bird eggs, and disturbing, damaging or destroying nests is against the law.
Solving The Problem
A broad range of techniques are available to deal with nuisance caused by birds. This includes:
- Noise deterrents such as recordings of the bird’s own alarm calls.
- Using physical deterrents such as netting or bird-spikes – this prevents birds landing or accessing areas where they are known to cause problems.
An example of where netting can be used effectively is with the Herring Gull. The gull commonly nests on roof-tops where their noise and swooping at people can be a nuisance. Netting the site before the gulls return in spring can prevent this problem from recurring.
Identifying a Bird
If you are having bird problems, it’s worth identifying what sort of bird is causing the problem. It may affect what you can do about the problem.
For example, disturbing certain specially protected birds when they are on or near their nest is illegal, so scaring would not be appropriate. If you need help with identifying a bird, or bird control in South Preston, call Aurum Pest Control today.
Take Further Action
Not all of the measures you can take are lasting solutions.
The law recognises that in some circumstances you may be able to take action that would normally be seen as an offence (this is called ‘licensing’).
Licences are only available for certain types of problem:
- To protect public health and safety.
- To prevent serious damage to crops, vegetables and fruit.