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Some bird species in the UK can become a serious nuisance in the wrong locations - ask anyone who has had birds roosting or nesting in their business premises. Not only can they cause a lot of damage, but they can also spread diseases. There are several nuisance bird species in the UK. These include greater black-backed gull, lesser black-backed gull, herring gull, feral pigeon, starling, and collared dove. In large numbers they can cause a variety of problems for your business.
Here’s a handy guide to the most common UK pest birds.
Also known as city doves or street pigeons, they are descended from wild rock doves. They thrive in our towns and cities, making use of seemingly inhospitable areas of tall buildings with the smallest amount of shelter.
(Family – Laridae)
The family includes herring gulls (Larus Argentatus) and lesser black-backed gulls (Larus Fuscus). These have become well adapted to living in our coastal towns and cities.
Can be recognised by their pointed wings and short tail when flying. At first sight they appear to be plain black, but the feathers catch the light and may appear iridescent green or purple.
A particular pest to the food industry because of the risk of contamination from their droppings and the damage done to packaged goods.
House sparrows are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. However, general licences issued under the Act are still in place in Wales and Scotland, and under the Wildlife Order in Northern Ireland. These allow an authorised person to control house sparrows to prevent serious damage to agriculture or preserve public health and safety.
Our bird specialists are experienced in how to get rid of nuisance birds from your business premise and deter them from returning, using discreet, cost-effective methods that won’t harm the birds or disrupt your business.