Preventing Nuisance Bird Activity at St Giles Circus Development
At Van Vynck, we are specialists in various methods of Pest Control, working in London and the Southeast and deliver expertly designed pest management and prevention programmes.
This includes dealing with nuisance bird activity, especially coming from Gulls and Feral Pigeons.
Earlier this year, we were contacted by the management team at Consolidated Developments and asked to introduce measures to prevent nuisance bird activity, particularly Feral Pigeons, during the construction phase of their new cutting edge development - St Giles Circus.
A unique and striking site, St Giles Circus is located close to Tottenham Court Road underground station and is a mixed-use development. It combines retail, leisure and entertainment spaces, commercial offices and residential accommodation across four new buildings and a number of existing buildings.
We surveyed and concluded that the site was vulnerable to roosting and nesting activity to the masses of currently exposed support work within the main atrium.
The walls of the atrium will eventually support moving panels, and it is, therefore, crucial that bird activity does not develop within the movement channels as this could cause severe disruptions to the construction schedule.
When dealing with Feral Pigeons and their various nesting/roosting/feeding sites, the approach should be holistic and divided into stages. Therefore, we proposed introducing an Integrated Bird Management Program (IPM) which will prevent any daytime bird activity from developing into more problematic evening roosting or nesting patterns.
Our IPM involves firstly reducing the numbers of pigeons present and then focusing on disrupting the Feral Pigeons roosting and nesting activity. A key part of this programme includes using a falconry programme, where the pigeons are aware of a real threat caused by a predatory bird, usually a type of Hawk or Falcon, and so are persuaded to leave their sites.
A Harris Hawk will be flown to all key areas on a twice-weekly basis, which will form the basis for the integrated program.