Canada & Egyptian Goose Problems
In Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and London
Have a goose problem?
Call us today on 01525 863 951 for help & advice.
Canada Geese (Branta canadensis)
- were Introduced in UK in the late 17th century as ornamental birds
- They have steadily increased their population, up to 62,000 breeding
- Up to 190,000 birds over wintering
- With minimal predators in the UK they can live up to 10 to 24 years
- Often seen at waterside parks, golf clubs and sports pitches
- They can become quite tame, but aggressive defending nests & young
- With well meaning humans feeding them, thereby keeping them in peek breeding condition
Egyptian goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca)
- Another ornamental bird gone feral
- Will nest in trees
- Becomes aggressive in the breeding season to other birds
- Female lays up to 9 eggs and hatches after 4 weeks in spring
- UK breeding 1,100 pairs
- UK wintering 3,400 birds
Public Health issues with goose problems
Grass areas frequented by geese are often heavily contaminated by goose droppings. As geese are susceptible to H5N1 Avian bird flu along with Salmonella in the gut, makes it a public health risk. We have had many calls to solve the problem, as it can make sports pitches and unusable due to the contamination. One option is to cut the grass, but this just spreads it about and contaminated the machinery with guano. This green slime is very acidic (you see what bird poo does to a car!) so can damage the mower blades and put staff at risk working or cleaning the machinery.
Call BTP today to discuss your requirement or advice on 01525 863 951
To deter troublesome geese from an area, various methods can be used:
- Scaring with visuals e.g live hawks
- Scaring with noise e.g distress calls, pyrotechnics
- Fencing certain areas e.g water edges
- Population control e.g egg oiling
- Stop human feeders to reduce attractant
Canada and Egyptian geese can be controlled under then General licence, but all the conditions must be adhered to.
Access can be tricky on water, as boats are required in most cases.
An integrated management programme is required, so please call us on 01525 863 951 to discuss.