Bird Abatement falconry: How it Works
Bird Abatement Falconry is the ultimate deterrent, which is why nearly all deterrents are based on this predator in some way. Using trained birds of prey is a natural and non-lethal method of controlling bird populations. This method involves introducing a natural predator into the area to create a fear response in other birds, thereby decreasing the gains and deterring them from areas where they cause damage or become a nuisance. Bird abatement falconry is used in many settings which we look at below.
Commercial buildings: can offer a safe environment away from predators and the harsh weather for nesting, roosting, and loafing. The downside to this behaviour is their guano (poo) causes structural and cosmetic damage and health risks to personnel. Bird of prey are flown to create a fake surprise attack as the birds are likely to be sheltered, this type of approach increases the fear and stress levels in the pest birds as their escape routes are normally limited when repeated the site becomes unviable in a short period of time.
Airports offer lots of wide-open spaces with ample of feeding opportunities, with building offering a safe location to shelter and breed. Pest birds in and around airports pose a significant safety risk to aircraft as they can and do strike the planes and get sucked into the engines when taking off and landing. In open spaces with good visibility pest birds feel very safe from attack, however a trained fast low flying falcon can create an element of surprise and clear all kinds of birds in next to know time from a runway.
Landfills sites offer an array of feeding and nesting materials to scavenger birds like gulls and rooks, not only do these birds increase the health and safety hazards, spread disease, on site. They also carry the waste to other buildings to feed or use the waste to build nests increasing the risk of spreading disease to other locations. Birds of prey can be used to reduce their flock sizes and minimize their on-site presence.
Agriculture Birds in large numbers can damage crops, harm livestock, and reduce feed made available to the livestock. Birds of prey flown at strategic times of the day and year can reduce the damage to crops and livestock and reduce the amount of feed needed to look after the livestock, by making the sites unviable.
Conclusion: Using bird abatement falconry is a humane and effective method of controlling bird populations. To ensure successful bird abatement, it is important to use trained birds and experienced handlers. The birds of prey are flown to emulate a hunting bird, which creates a fear response in other birds, leading them to avoid the area over time. This non-lethal method can benefit different industries and environments, promoting safety and preservation.
Our Bird abatement falconry service
Before we carry out any work we will carry out a survey to establish a program of controls, specific to your issues.
If flying birds of prey as a method of control and transparency, all our birds wear a recordable GPS tracker which is overlaid on goole maps, these recorded images are included in your electronic report for each visit. We also monitor the improvements being made with a bird count at the start and end of every visit this information is captured in a chart and also sent in the reports every quarter.
The tracker also means, should the working bird ever end up in an unwanted location, we can retrieve the bird quickly and return to the area being controlled.