What are bird spikes and when would you use them?

Many people may not consider birds to be a pest but if you have a business or home that has been taken over by pest birds you will know the truth is very different. One tool in the battle to discourage pest birds from frequenting your property without causing them any harm is bird spikes…. Read more »

Posted on Monday, October 28th, 2019

Summer antics show need for strong seagull control

Seagulls have put themselves in the spotlight over the summer with their brazen quest for food, throwing up the question again of what is the best form of seagull control.  Most shockingly a national news story detailed how a Chihuahua dog was snatched from its Devon garden by a seagull, which serves to demonstrate how… Read more »

Posted on Sunday, September 29th, 2019

Is there a bird proofing solution for solar panels?

Solar panels are proving to be increasingly popular as they help to drive down electricity bills and provide greener energy; unfortunately they have also proved popular with certain species of birds. With their rooftop location solar panels can be a natural draw to birds. With a reasonably large expanse for birds to hide themselves under… Read more »

Posted on Friday, August 30th, 2019

What is bird trapping and how can it control pest birds?

The ideal solution in controlling pest birds is to naturally encourage them to move away from the site but when a serious problem persists bird trapping may be the only option. There are occasions when birds do pose a serious risk to human health and in these cases landlords have no option but to act…. Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

How can seagull spikes help with bird control?

Well known for their fearless ability to swoop in and steal food from the hands of tourists seagulls can be a real problem to food retailers and tourism spots throughout the year. Freshly served ice-cream cones, picnic sandwiches or fish and chips – these natural scavengers are not picky about the choice of foods and… Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

Dealing with bird waste on walkways

Bird mess on public walkways can cause a serious problem as not only is it unpleasant to step in, left unchecked it can become a serious slip hazard.   Whether the walkway is privately owned and on a company’s grounds or a public access route, once the problem has been flagged up it really should… Read more »

Posted on Monday, May 27th, 2019

How to tell if a bird’s nest is being used

If your garden is blessed with trees there is every chance you might also be lucky enough to find birds choosing to make their homes in these – that is unless you want to cut a tree back or move it. The law is firm on protecting nesting birds so it is important not to… Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Could pigeon droppings be damaging your roof?

The sight of birds sitting on the roof line of homes is not uncommon as they sit out their days near to an easy food supply but their droppings could actually be causing lasting problems. Aside of the mess and the risk of disease, pigeon droppings could also be responsible for structural problems and encouraging… Read more »

Posted on Sunday, March 31st, 2019

What to do about sparrows nesting in your roof

The sparrow is a bird of contradictions – to start with this small and friendly-looking species is surprisingly tough and adept at scaring away other birds and dominating garden feeders. In addition despite being one of the most popular and recognisable birds in the British garden, it is actually in such a state of decline… Read more »

Posted on Sunday, February 24th, 2019

Had a bird table for Christmas but worried about attracting pest birds?

Giving a bit back to nature is a rewarding and worthwhile experience but give a little too much and, well, you could be plagued by seagulls. With a little careful consideration, though, it is possible to enjoy feeding the birds in your back garden without playing host to 30 seagulls on your roof. Bird tables… Read more »

Posted on Sunday, January 27th, 2019

Starlings: A beautiful pest

There are a number of contradictions when it comes to starlings – not least how a species that creates shows of great beauty is also considered a pest bird. Starlings are famous for their Murmurations, which create a fantastic show in the sky as thousands of the birds swoop and dive together in a beautiful… Read more »

Posted on Saturday, December 15th, 2018

Is it true that bird droppings damage paintwork?

If you’ve ever been unfortunate enough to find bird droppings on your car – and the chances are very high – you will have no doubt been told to get rid of it quickly before it damages your paintwork. So should you be worried about the long-term looks of your car after an unfortunate splattering?… Read more »

Posted on Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Do birds carry insects and are they harmful to humans?

A major problem with pest birds is the risk of disease that they pose – and it is not just the birds themselves that are the carriers but also the bugs that make their homes on birds. Birds such as starlings, pigeons and sparrows have been known to carry bed bugs as well as bird… Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

Why is the Collared Dove a pest?

When it comes to species of pest birds in the UK most people think immediately of seagulls and pigeons but Collared Doves are also known as a pest bird. Despite only arriving in the UK in the 1950s, the Collared Dove – also known as the Eurasian Collared Dove – has swiftly made its presence… Read more »

Posted on Sunday, September 30th, 2018

Join forces to stop seagulls hitting visitor footfall

A major problem with pest birds is that, put bluntly, they keep people away. When it’s your business and your town that is a real problem. While pigeons are as a general rule – although not always – shy of humans their mess can be a major deterrent to visitors looking for a spot to… Read more »

Posted on Sunday, August 26th, 2018

Pest control concerns: Do pigeons cause asthma?

When a pest is identified it is natural that the first concern is whether the animal concerned poses a risk to human health. Due to the nature of pest species many animals are a health concern owing to their capacity to spread germs and disease as a result of the areas they inhabit. But what… Read more »

Posted on Friday, July 27th, 2018

Keep outdoor technology safe from pest birds

Having good security in place is an essential part of protecting a business but pest birds can be a serious problem for external technology. Unfortunately, the areas surrounding a building that require extra security through the installation of CCTV are all too often a haven for roosting birds such as pigeons. It comes as no… Read more »

Posted on Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Can birds of prey be an effective deterrent for pest control?

When it comes to the bird population there is a clear pecking order and hawks certainly seem to rule the roost. So defined is this battle between the smaller and larger bird species that some birds are actually introduced to an area to act as a pest deterrent. Some species of birds are classed as… Read more »

Posted on Friday, April 27th, 2018

Why are there so many seagulls inland?

Seagull: that sounds like a bird that would enjoy life on the coast, right? Despite their name seagulls do seem to be quite partial to life inland and can be spotted in great numbers pretty much everywhere. City squares, high rise buildings, fields and even school yards are places where it is not unlikely to… Read more »

Posted on Monday, March 19th, 2018

How to attract birds to your garden – but deter pests

As The RSPB undertakes the annual task of working out what species are enjoying visiting our gardens following the Big Garden Birdwatch it is worth remembering that birds are a wonderful part of nature. While some species may be known more for being pests, there are many others that need protecting and need our help… Read more »

Posted on Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Cleaning up – how to get rid of the mess left by pest birds

The start of a new year is a time for new beginnings and your attention may turn to improving your property. The first place to start is usually by clearing out any waste and having a good clean up. If you have had a problem with pest birds – or still do – there is… Read more »

Posted on Friday, January 12th, 2018

Feed the birds without attracting pests this winter

Feeding the birds through the cold winter months is something we are often encouraged to do – and with good reason. Seeing wild birds in the garden is one of life’s pleasures and, of course, by feeding them we are helping to protect the natural world. At Christmas in particular bird feeding gifts become popular,… Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

Is it illegal to move a bird’s nest?

In the UK, birds are given a good deal of protection under the law. While protection of our wildlife can only be a good thing, legal regulations can make it tricky when dealing with pest birds. While most wild birds are given complete protection by the law there are a few exceptions to allow for… Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Do pigeon droppings pose a health risk?

The most unpleasant aspect of unwanted bird infestations is their waste – messy and unsightly, it can also pose a potential health problem. While no business or house looks good covered in unsightly bird droppings, the potential for spreading disease is far more serious. It goes without saying that the worse the problem the higher… Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Watch out for the rules on birds nesting in chimneys

So what exactly is it about chimneys that make them so attractive to birds? If they are not nesting in them, they are flying down them and getting stuck behind the fire. Birds are protected and both these scenarios need to be dealt with using care and expertise. It is not only ‘pest’ species that… Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Why are pigeons so fond of urban spaces?

Have you ever wondered why pigeons in particular seem to have a taste for urban living? They get chased by young children, run the gamut of bird deterrents and are flapped away by pigeon-phobics, yet still these birds choose concrete buildings, tarmac pavements and steel installations to make their home amid the hubbub of the… Read more »

Posted on Monday, August 21st, 2017

Is there really a law against feeding pigeons?

Tuppence to feed the birds? Well it could actually cost a lot more than that if legal restrictions have been put in place to tackle a pigeon problem. The expression made famous by Mary Poppins more than half a century ago has been given a whole new meaning in a number of cases where bird… Read more »

Posted on Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Don’t let customers get into a flap over aggressive seagulls

Picture the scene: The sun is shining, there’s a light breeze blowing, and all you can hear is the gentle hum of the waves below as you tuck into a well-earned al fresco pub lunch on holiday. Then all of a sudden ‘SQUAAARK’, a sudden flap of wings, and there you are face-to-face with a… Read more »

Posted on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Problem Birds – The Main Culprits

In the UK, we have a wonderful assortment of bird life and, as with all aspects of the natural world, they enrich our lives. However, there is no doubting that certain birds, especially when they congregate in large numbers, can become a massive nuisance. In light of this, there are certain species that can attain… Read more »

Posted on Sunday, May 7th, 2017

Ideas to design a bird friendly garden

Before you start designing how your bird garden should look like, the first thing you should do is to go out and check some of the natural areas and parks near you. By going into parks and natural areas you will get a good sense of what kind of flowers, trees or plants make up… Read more »

Posted on Monday, March 27th, 2017

DIY Pigeon Deterrents

Pigeons are fascinating birds, but when they settle on your property or on your business premises in large numbers, that fascination can soon turn to irritation. Fortunately, there are some good DIY pigeon deterrents on the market that can help. First of all, you can set up barriers. For instance, many people rely on anti-roosting… Read more »

Posted on Monday, March 6th, 2017

How dangerous are bird pest faeces?

Pest bird species and the debris they leave is a real magnet for insects and bacteria. The faeces of birds, especially starlings, gulls and pigeon droppings, are creating the perfect environment for the development of pathogens. Many of these pathogens are dangerous to humans. When they are isolated, these droppings are usually harmless, but when… Read more »

Posted on Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Can bird pests spread diseases?

Bird pests can spread diseases but we need to point out that this is pretty rare. The fact is that many professions, like professions involved in wildlife rehabilitation or veterinary medicine, treat and heal wild birds dealing with different kinds of avian diseases regularly. In addition, people that practice sports like racing pigeons are also… Read more »

Posted on Thursday, January 5th, 2017

The top signs of a bird infestation

Even though you may not be aware of it, your offices and business premises might be vulnerable to pest birds – particularly seagulls or pigeons. These birds are very adaptable and they can now thrive in almost any environment, eating leftovers and finding shelter in small spaces where they can create their nests. In other… Read more »

Posted on Thursday, December 8th, 2016

UK’s Most Common Bird Pest Species

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… Read more »

Posted on Friday, November 11th, 2016

Different types of pigeons in the UK

Before we start talking about the different kinds of pigeons found in the UK, it’s worth mentioning that there is no official division between doves and pigeons. They both have tiny, slim bills, round heads, curvy bodies with soft and very dense feathers, thin and short legs, tapered wings and crooning/cooing calls. Interestingly, the wild… Read more »

Posted on Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

How to prevent birds from perching

Without any doubt, birds are beautiful creatures. However, when they start perching in places where they shouldn’t, they turn from beautiful creatures into annoying pests. The good news is that it’s fairly easy and simple to prevent perching in specific areas, but you will need to be careful, patient and you will also need to… Read more »

Posted on Friday, September 9th, 2016

The main Pest Bird Species in the UK

There are many pest bird species in the UK. Here are the main culprits: Pigeons Pigeons are one of the most common pest birds in the UK. The feral pigeon is responsible for a great deal of damage to residential, industrial and commercial properties. They cause damage worth millions of pounds every year and they… Read more »

Posted on Monday, August 8th, 2016

How to keep pest birds away from your food business this summer

The summer is finally here and this is definitely good news for every food business owner. However, summer is the period of the year when birds are very active too and they can be bad for business because they can contaminate food. Unfortunately, these beautiful creatures are able to transmit more than 60 diseases which… Read more »

Posted on Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Why herons are attracted to garden ponds

Without doubt, a garden pond can beautify any garden, but it can also allow additional space for wildlife – wildlife that is sometimes unwanted. If the pond has small sloping sides it is very likely that some small birds will use it as a bath or for drinking. In addition, such ponds are attractive for… Read more »

Posted on Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Legal Control Methods Involving Magpies

Magpies can cause a lot of trouble on our properties and this is the reason why many property owners look for efficient ways to get rid of them. Of course, they are also looking for methods that are completely legal and for those who don’t know, legal control methods include trapping or shooting, as long… Read more »

Posted on Monday, May 16th, 2016

3 ways to get rid of pigeons on the roof

We are all aware of the fact that pigeon droppings ruin the look of many public areas, monuments and roofs. However, what most people don’t know is that their faeces contain uric acid which makes the droppings not only visually unattractive, but also dangerous because they can damage the roof surface. They are also packed… Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Common Signs Of A Bird Infestation

There are many business owners who don’t think about this problem, but the fact is that the vast majority of business premises can serve as a perfect home for different types of pest birds. For example, seagulls and pigeons are bird species that can adapt easily and they can live in almost any conditions as… Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

The law and pigeon pest control explained

DEFRA (Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs regulates the control of feral pigeons and the rest of wild birds in the United Kingdom based on the Wildlife and Countryside Act from 1981 (or chapter 69 to be more precise). The purpose of this Act is to regulate all legal matter related to the handling… Read more »

Posted on Friday, February 5th, 2016

The legal status of starlings explained

Starlings are medium-sized or small passerine birds that belong to the Sturnidae family of birds. Starlings are native to Europe, Africa and Asia. In many countries this bird is protected by law. For instance, in the United Kingdom, these interesting birds are protected under the act passed in 1981 known as the Wildlife and Countryside… Read more »

Posted on Thursday, January 7th, 2016

How to prevent wild birds from damaging your business

Wild birds can cause structural damage to roofing, block your ventilation system, cause problems with your gutters and drainage system and create an unsightly and potentially hazardous mess with their bird guano. Wild birds are protected by the law and whilst they can damage your business, you should not take matters into your own hands… Read more »

Posted on Monday, November 30th, 2015

Top 5 Problems Caused By Pigeons

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Pigeons are a type of bird that lives almost everywhere in the world. They are commonly found in urban areas. There are many people who enjoy their presence and even feed these interesting birds. However, there is another side associated with pigeons that no one likes. Many people use the term “flying rats” because their… Read more »

Posted on Thursday, October 29th, 2015

5 Most Common Pest Bird Species


The UK is home to a wide number of bird varieties – from the common sparrow to great birds of prey and majestic owls. We feed beautifully-coloured gold finches and blue tits in our gardens and we might see a rarer sighting of a wide wingspan across the sky in the Lake District and Scotland,… Read more »

Posted on Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Best Ways to Prevent Birds on the Roof

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Having problem birds such as pigeons or seagulls gathering on your roof in large numbers can be a big problem for home owners. The noise and damage they cause can be costly and unsightly so it pays to act quickly if you have a problem. Here are five great ways to prevent birds on your… Read more »

Posted on Friday, August 28th, 2015