Falconry Gull Control
Herring Gulls and Lesser Black Backed Gulls are the Most common Urban Gulls you will encounter, Nesting in colonies on industries sites, rooftops, pairing up in early spring, these gulls have been drawn inland by the abundance of food waste left by us humans, scavenging on basically anything seemingly edible, they thrive and have adapted well alongside man, breeding and nesting season is when problems occur, Gulls can become very vocal usually in the early morning and aggressive when Nests are occupied with their chicks, which they guard, dive bombing potential threats, obviously when in an urban area this means people, also gulls will evacuate their droppings over people if they get to close to their Chicks or Nests.
If No Bird control is put in place
Gull Colony size will increase along with the Anti-Social problems gulls bring with them. Young raised by adult pairs will return every year increasing your problem three fold, until you have a colony out of control, that ahs been established over many years which will increase costing to remove or re locate.
Flying Hawks and Falcons right at the start
Herring gulls are very defensive of their young and will attack if they feel their fledglings are threatened., it’s always best to fly the hawks once the fledgings have gone and right at the start if the breeding season when gulls will come on to site. The Falcons/Hawks is generally flown within the affected area and herring gulls will be chased and prevented from getting a foothold.
What can be done
Rooftop access is very important as regular Gull control visits will need to be instigated throughout the breeding season from late march to early September. Nest and egg removal under a general license is required and weekly visits to continue the cycle. So preventing the colony from gaining a footpath and raising young on the infested site, flying of a falcon/Hawk on the site also creates a predatory presence, forcing the gulls away to nets in a safer location.
Gull Control Visits
Regular visits with a large falcon hybrid and female Harris hawk, would be required to deter and disrupt the Herring gulls from their normal behaviour pattern. The flying of a bird of prey will make the seagulls uneasy and scare the birds from the site. Also bank-firing pistol can be untilised within the gull control programme to move stubborn birds. The gulls are mainly on this site as they are raising young and there are no predators to deter them. Although some gulls are to be found all year round, in reality we need to stop the gulls from returning year after year and the use of the falcon and proofing measures on the nesting areas will accomplish this.