There is no doubt that birds are extraordinary creatures, but when they gather and nest in large numbers, they can become very problematical and even dangerous. Every home owner and business owner in the UK who has witnessed the gathering and nesting of birds on their property can confirm this. There are a few different pest bird species that live in the United Kingdom. Let’s take a quick look some of them.
This is a large family known as Laridae too. In the UK it includes the relatively rare black-backed gulls and the well-known herring gulls. They are frequently found in cities and coastal towns. Gulls are known for their ability to scavenge on almost anything. Although they are looking for food and feed far away from the nesting sites, they come back when it is time to roost. These birds are especially active during the summer period.
Street pigeons and city doves are some other names given to these birds. Feral pigeons can spread in urban areas even in relatively harsh conditions in small spaces of large buildings. They live in flocks that have several dozens of birds and there have been some cases when the flocks have reached 500 pigeons. They eat domestic leftovers, green feed, and seeds.
Collared dove has a grey colour and a unique narrow band in black colour located on the back of their neck. They eat grains and seeds, but they don’t go far away from their roosting sites to look for food. They nest in canopies and trees.
Starlings are easily recognisable because they have a short tail and pointed wings whenever they are flying. They look like they are completely black, but when the light reflects from their feathers they have purple and green nuances too. Starlings are between 20 and 23 cm long and feed on crops in the countryside although they are frequently found in cities too.
In addition to these common bird pest species, there are few other that are found quite often in the UK like house sparrows and crows for example. If you are experiencing bird control problems and need advice about the best way to tackle it, please contact us now.