NBC were contacted to see if we were able to find a solution to a significant pigeon control problem at a state of the art further education college in the North West. It had a resident population of approximately 200 pigeons and the situation was becoming increasingly worse. Bird control had been sought prior to NBC’s involvement, by way of falconry, however, this was not solving the issue and a more permanent solution was sought.
Upon the initial survey, it was evident that falconry was never going to solve the problem. The colony were nesting on site, seeking shelter underneath the plant on the main roof, as well as several other roofs around it. When you have a nesting colony – the pull of the nest is more than the threat created from the bird of prey, and as such, apart from seeking shelter underneath the plant, the pigeons will return when the bird of prey is not present.
Guano levels were that high that maintenance staff and sub contractors were advised not to enter the area due to the significant health and safety risks associated with pigeon guano.
In accordance with bird legislation under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, all non-lethal measures must be considered before consideration/implementation of lethal controls such as trapping - which had been considered prior to NBC’s involvement. Knowledge of the legislation is important but what it is also important is understanding the species and their behaviours when trying to find a solution, with any pest, not just birds.
After qualifying the customer correctly and discussing the options, a bird net installation was proposed - the only way you will achieve total exclusion, and NBC were invited back to carry out a second survey. After a detailed survey, design and subsequent proposal, NBC were successfully awarded the works.
The works were carried out over a 5 week period. The customer was regularly involved with daily reports via our e-reporting, weekly updates from the contract manager, and, several site visits to assess progress and ensure there were no costly delays. The installation was a success, completed within budget, on time and to the customers satisfaction. In addition, our net maintenance programme was also implemented over 5 years – guaranteeing the installation for the same period – ensuring the integrity of the installation is maintained, value on the investment and peace of mind for the customer.
“During the pandemic and with no one being in our stadium the pigeons have returned and we were experiencing not only high numbers flying around but also a lot of pigeon fouling inside our stadium. We knew the H&S risks surrounding this and called in the professionals again to assist. NBC attended site the next day and advised the best way to tackle the infestation and also the safe removal of the pigeon fouling. NBC were very professional and we are very happy with the results so far. Would highly recommend.”
“The UEA campus was designed so that virtually no part of campus is more than a few minutes walk from anywhere else. As good as this is for students travelling between classes, it means many features of our distinctive University, such as the elevated walkways and concrete overhangs, are an attractive place for pigeons.
As we endeavour to make our campus accessible to all, it became clear that in a number of key areas the pigeon guano was a serious issue for our students and staff, particularly wheelchair users, and with the listed buildings on site we were restricted in what preventative measures we could take.
Luckily for us, NBC were able to deliver a humane solution which fit the needs of our site. With their consultants they were able to address the problems we faced and sensitivities from students and staff. As a result we have seen a significant reduction in the potential risks posed to our staff, students and visitors.”
“An excellent job completed by the NBC team on time and to a high standard of quality, without delays or interruptions to the business. We would be happy to use their services again if required.”