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It’s believed that Preston’s name is derived from the Old English meaning "priest's settlement,'' referring to a priory set up by St Wilfrid near the River Ribble's lowest ford. Preston sits on the north bank of the River Ribble, with The Forest of Bowland to its northeast while the Fylde coastal plain lies to the west. Originally a boomtown of the Industrial Revolution, it became a densely populated centre for engineering and textiles.
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The Riversway area (in the Ashton-on-Ribble area of the city) is home to the former Preston docklands, which has undergone redevelopment, expanding into a commercial and residential complex. Retail is a major contributor to Preston's economy, with two major shopping centres: Fishergate and St George's. There is also the Miller Arcade, a specialist shopping centre in a listed building, situated next to the Harris Museum. Preston is home to the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), which is now the sixth largest university in the country, with over 33,000 students. It is also ranked as a top modern university in the North-West. All these students, shoppers and locals are sustained by an array of cafes, bars, pubs, takeaways and restaurants. Scavenging rats and mice can flourish in such areas, eating everything from rubbish in bins to discarded left-overs.
Scavenging pigeons and gulls will also take food scraps from restaurants, cafes, bars, takeaways and unsecured bin bags. Our local bird control specialists offer effective deterrents for a variety of nuisance birds, such as netting and wire systems, bird proofing and hawking - using birds of prey as natural deterrents to keep your premises free from gulls and feral pigeons.
The Guild Wheel is a public footpath and cycle route, created in 2012, it encircles Preston, linking the city to the countryside and surrounding villages. Avenham Park is located in Preston's Conservation area and leads down to the banks of the River Ribble. It was designed and built in the 1860s and is a Historic England Grade II* listed park, one of two city centre Victorian parks in Preston, the other being its neighbour - Miller Park. Rodents will use green corridors along rivers, and open spaces such as parks and gardens as safe harbourages to nest. Rats will then forage in sheds, basements, garages and gardens for food scraps, spilt litter, unsecured bin bags and any other potential food sources.
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