Hawks for Urban Pigeon & Gull Bird Control
Hawk Bird Control
The use of hawks for bird control against Seagulls and Pigeons, appears to have been around been around since about 1965. A renowned Falconer, Philip Glasier,went to the Royal Navy Air Station in Lossiemouth, Scotland. He demonstrated that trained raptors can be used to prevent bird strikes on planes by clearing the runways of seagulls and other birds, using hawk bird control. An jet engine can take a bird strike, but a flock tends to lead to critical failure and the loos of aircraft. Read more information HERE on bird strike.
How do Hawks & Falcons Control Birds?
The main reason pest birds will vacate an area, where a hawk or falcon is working is they don’t want to become a prey item. As raptors are at the top of their food chain. They eat other birds and mammals daily, as part of their diet. Birds flock together for safety against a predator, so introduce one and you can modify their behavior by hawk bird control.
How often do they need to be flow?
This depends on many factors, such as food, roosting and nesting availability. Deny pest birds some of these and you should reduce the bird pressure on the site. Site troubled with pest birds such as Landfills and runways, maintain a full time bird control unit. This is to maintain a bird free environment. Otherwise there are serious consequences such fines or accidents.
Making habitat modifications, such as housekeeping improvements and restricting access will all help. Seasonal problems, such as roof nesting gulls, can be deterred by intensive visits during the courting, copulation and next building period. Then reducing down over the following months to weekly visits to maintain the predator presence.
Do the Hawks catch the birds?
Not if we can help it! Bird control hawks need to be fit not fat. The birds fly to the fist for their daily food ration, this keeps them fit, interested in life and gives them a life outside the Avery. They are bred in captivity and see the falconer as a source of food. As predators and effective hunters, with thousands of years of evolution behind them, we cannot guarantee they will not grab an opportunity such as a sick or injured bird. Our Falconers or austringer (old English name for a person flying a hawk) are very experienced at watching their birds behavior and can soon persuade them back on the glove with an easy meal. Before they go self hunting.
Are My staff or general public safe from the Hawk?
Yes -very much so! The hawks are trained from an early age, so see humans as not a threat. There is a bond of trust between a falconer and his bird, so they make a great team. The hawk gets a food reward from the falconer, so is happy around people.