Falconry is a natural bird deterrent, and widespread amongst human environments.
It works brilliantly, making use of the survival instinct of prey birds. No matter what species, birds of prey (or more their shapes and silhouettes) are instantly recognisable to prey birds. This is probably due to their streamlined bodies, and is imprinted in the minds of prey birds before they hatch.
The want to escape birds of prey, for species such as pigeons, is extremely strong.
The predator birds we use are specially selected for different tasks, depending on their psychology and physiology in relation to the environment being worked in. They are highly trained and exclusive to the bird deterrent world.
How does falconry bird control work?
By focusing a bird of prey around feeding and roosting places, the daily habits of the problem bird species are disturbed. The threat level rises; making their usual haunts a dangerous place to be.
If birds of prey aren’t living in the area, and the prey birds are not accustomed to seeing any – deployment may be enough to hurry them to safer territories without the need for any other control methods.
Types of bird – control, pursuit and slow.
Control birds are a scare tactic, and used to chase the problem bird species without killing.
Pursuit birds chase and kill one bird in the problem flock. This creates a fatal profile within the flock – i.e. they’ll “remember their fallen comrade”. Further bird of prey deployments will lead to a complete dispersal of the problem species. Job done.
Not all bird problems are outside. Slow birds are trained to fly inside, and raise the threat level for prey species – scaring them away from their roosting and perching points in the tops of internal structures.
Falconry works best as part of a wider bird control system, to be initiated over time. This way all bases are covered, and the problem species can build the required negative links with the birds of prey.
Other methods that can work well with falconry include: digital distress calls specialist kites, blank firing devices and bird scarer rockets.
At Bird Proofing UK we’re big on our ethics. Working with birds of prey is not the same as other types of bird control – clearly they’re living animals, and need to be treated with the utmost respect.
To make certain this always rings true, we have –
Bird of prey risk assessments – to be carried out before work begins, ensuring everything is safe for the bird.
Ethical review process – we frequently review our falconry practices ensuring they meet the highest ethical standards possible.
If you’re interested in our falconry services, or would like some more information please give us a call on 01752 987057 or send us through an email at email@example.com.