University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) provides services to some 1.9 million people living in Southampton and south Hampshire, plus specialist services such as neurosciences, cardiac services, and children's intensive care to more than 3.7 million people in central southern England and the Channel Islands.
NBC have been working alongside Southampton University Hospital over the last 6 years providing an integrated bird and pest management programme, significantly reducing health and safety risks associated with nuisance birds, to patients, staff, and visitors.
The sheer footprint of the site provides idealist locations for roosting pigeons and nesting gulls, with an emergency helipad on site, it is vital, the site is clear of any pest birds to ensure an air strike does not take place prior to landing or during take-off.
NBC consulted with the client and agreed a bespoke falconry management programme on site, flying between 7:30 – 18:00 daily, during these visits we would also provide an all-inclusive programme ensuring the site was clear of any bird guano (faeces).
Part of our Southern England team is John Elliot, our static falconer on site. John patrols the rooftops with his number 1 girl Gloria the Harris Hawk, though Gloria is not his only resource he had 8 birds of prey available at any given time to ensure we can maintain a constant flying schedule.
Providing falconry is an extremely ethical approach to bird management as it allows us to work within a non-lethal approach, something we are extremely proud off.
Starting the programme back in 2015 with over 200 feral pigeons on site we now have a daily population of only 8!
Read our useful article 'How To Deter Pigeons' for advice on how to avoid pigeon problems.
“NBC Environment has been working under contract for the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) for over 4 years, and I would recommend their services.
NBC have provided us with a good level of service in relation to bird control on our sites and have helped to reduce the amount of Pigeon and Seagulls nesting/resting on the sites. We have calculated that in the first year of the contract over 4 tons of pigeon mess was removed from the roof areas and court yards because of NBC controlling the amount of bird resting in these areas.
I have always found NBC to be flexible to our site and have worked with the UHS to provide around the clock service when needed to have certain activities done to suit site needs.
In the last couple of years, we have invited NBC to attend up our hospital open day to show the public what we our doing and what they can do for us regarding supporting these activities. This has helped the public to understand what we have achieved and how working in partnership with NBC has assisted us in keeping a clean hospital environment. ”