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Effective Bird Control

Effective Bird Control has been providing Bird Pest Control services since 1996 in Essex, with over 25 years’ experience of flying hawks and falcons.

We offer a wide range of bird control solutions to prevent pigeons, seagulls and other types of birds from roosting and fouling on buildings and structures. We provide cost-effective and long-lasting bird prevention solutions to help protect buildings and structures from birds perching, nesting and fouling.

Our comprehensive bird pest control services are effective at eradicating bird problems from public sector buildings, shopping centres, schools, supermarkets, offices and many others.

Leading Falconry Bird Control Services

We pride ourselves on our client retention and effectiveness of our bird control measures. We are leading specialists in falconry bird control and we are proud to be an Environmental Services company that only deals with pest control: working with nature NOT against it is our calling card.

We use natural deterrents to effectively deal with feral pigeons, urban gulls and pest birds that can create a health and safety issue within the urban environment. Our falconry bird control services are carried out by our team of Harris hawks and falcons, flown by our experienced bird controllers. The aim is to scare the birds, not to capture. Our falconry bird services include creating a predatory presence within the pest bird infested area, regular visits to move the flock of pest birds away and reducing the amount of pigeon and gull droppings that can build up on the site.

Effective Bird Control employs natural methods to deal with the ever-increasing sprawl of the urban gull. We are a long-established provider of Falconry response services to large Blue-chip companies and councils, succeeding where other bird control companies fail. Our 25 years’ experience in flying hawks and falcons allows us to match the correct hawk and falcons, Haris Hawks, Peregrine Falcon and Hybrid Falcons. Click here to read more

Feral pigeons are controlled using an array of anti-bird measures. Long-term pigeon removal and most effective measures is falconry bird control and flock reduction using solutions such as traps. A pigeon flock size can be reduced by visiting the site and flying Harris hawks on a regular basis. Control of feral pigeons using these methods has proven effective on a number of diverse sites we have treated; other deterrents include spiking of roosting areas, pigeon spikes and anti-roost wire and netting to limit access to a certain area and lastly hawk kites that are generally erected on site once treatment by flying a Harris hawk on site has ceased. All the deterrents listed for feral pigeons are currently being implemented on bird pest infestation sites we service.

The flying of a trained hawk to deter bird pest infestations is an environmentally friendly form of bird control. Hawks flown on site provide a natural form of relocation and pest control will not feel safe with their main predators flying free within their environments. The results are that pest birds will establish a roost elsewhere using a green form of pest control which will prove beneficial for your business. Hawks and falcons commonly used for falconry bird control and specialist cleaning services we provide along with videos, image gallery and past and present clients listed.

Our specialist cleaning services plays a large part of our company’s portfolio. Since 2006, we have provided the safe removal and cleaning of pigeon droppings known as Pigeon Guano from churches, attics, bell towers, balconies, roofs, solar panels and air con units. Pigeon droppings, or Guano, once dried and desiccated poses the greatest risk of health, as particles can become airborne and inhaled by staff, contractors or members of the public, particularly when inside confined areas such as lofts or any confined space without adequate ventilation. Full face mask respirator and protective wear is always essential for our operatives when removing and cleaning up pigeon guano, more information can be found at

As you can see we provide a full bird control service, providing clients with specialist services including:

  • Falconry bird control
  • Gull nest and egg removal
  • Pigeon guano removal and cleaning
  • Pigeon Spiking
  • Pigeon Netting
  • Solar Panel proofing and cleaning
  • Pigeon trapping and Flock reduction is owned and run by Michael Hall, a keen Ornithologist and Falconer with a host of experience, who is always there to provide help and reassurance of his clients.

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What We Do?

Blackwater Falconry/Effective Bird Control provide an efficient and thorough removal of Bird waste as well as disinfecting the contaminated areas. Pigeon droppings or more accurately termed Pigeon Guano can contain a number of harmful bacteria’s which can be passed on to ourselves, from London to Scotland we provide nationwide coverage and Free site surveys..

Bird Hygiene and Specialist Cleaning

Blackwater Falconry/Effective Bird Control specializes in the flying of Hawks and Falcons to reduce pigeon populations in an urban area. We have flown our Harris Hawks in many cities in the uk; although the city of London remains our stronghold. We have over 20 years experience in this field and our services are carried out in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner, along with free site surveys.

Bird Pest Control

From bird spikes to nets we can install the full range of anti bird measures and deterrents. Spikes, netting, pin wire, kites and blank firing devices are all popular forms of pigeon deterrents we can supply and install to prevent nesting and roosting of Feral Pigeons. We carry out free site surveys and method statements, with free advice on how best to protect your premises from pest birds.

Anti-Bird Measures

We offer a discreet, fast and efficient trapping and removal service of feral pigeons from your premises. Trapping can be the most effective measure in the right location and teamed with our popular long and short term hawk flying service contracts, we can add the flexibility of having the two pigeon control options work side by side to great effect. With nationwide coverage and free site surveys its a combination that’s hard to match.

Trapping and Flock Reduction


The gull control has been very successful since you have been on site this year.

Brian Jefferys, SMP PLC

The initial work comprised the removal of deposits of pigeon guano and cleaning of gutters and drains and the installation anti bird spikes along the guttering of the church. This work was carried out very efficiently with minimal fuss and disruption. Subsequently we have had pigeon traps placed on the roof of the church to capture the flock of birds. This has proved to be quite effective and a number of birds have been caught and removed. Upon notification that there are birds in the trap the operatives attend promptly to remove them.

Robert Palmer, Basildon

The hawking and pigeon cages were a great success last year and we have considerably reduced the amount of pigeons. We are coming into exam season and would like a refresh of running the hawk and have a couple of cages on the roof.

Gary Morgan, Blackfen School for girls

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Falconry bird control at various locations

Pigeon spiking Road Bridge in South London

Pin wiring for buildings

Full cleaning suit for removing pigeon Guano

Blackwater Falconry Days

Gull control using hawks and falcons in Brighton