Landfill & Bird Control

Avian Environmental Consultants are a specialist company dealing with the manifold problems that birds create in environments as diverse as: Airports, Landfill sites, Industrial areas and Food factories.

This involves the use of the problem species natural predator as a biological deterrent. In the case of Gulls & Corvids we would use the following species: Peregrine, Saker & Lanners. Gulls & Corvids although large will mob Harris Hawks. It is essential to utilise the correct species.

One of the points to be made is the falcons are flown to deter the birds from the site, not to physically catch the birds, as the law protects many. These programmes illustrate the use of “APPLIED BIOLOGY”.

THE REASONS FOR CONTROLLING GULLS AT LANDFILL SITE IS MANIFOLD:

  • Possible hazard to aircraft (13 kilometre is usually the criteria). Airports are very concerned during licensing applications/renewals with the local authorities that these hazards are not created.
  • Health hazards as gull may act as vectors for transmissible diseases.
  • The aesthetic visual impact of large flocks of gulls has a negative impact on the appearance of the site, especially if near urban areas.
  • The dense flocking of the gulls on the working face causes problems of reduced visibility to the employees working machinery on the site.

Various types of management need to be utilised to combat the problems, these being active and passive methods.

ACTIVE METHODS:

  • The use of highly trained falcons.
  • Bio-acoustic systems.
  • Pyrotechnic devices (Firearms certificates are needed)
  • Human presence.

PASSIVE METHODS:

  • The covering of the working face with soil.
  • The use of static kites
  • The use of wires strung above the site.

We have a broad experience of landfill work and all the implications. This allows us to supply services based on hourly, daily and long-term contracts. Budget constraints and the intensity of the problem at the site can gauge these.
One off visits may be useful for site inspections for licensing and if local community officials visit etc.

WE CAN PROVIDE A SURVEY & CONSULTANCY SERVICE.

DEMONSTRATIONS CAN BE ARRANGED

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