Excessive bird numbers in an urban setting can cause the following:
- Disease transmission
- Nests causing secondary pest infestations (ie mites, beetles, moths, mites)
- Structural damage (by ammonia present in bird droppings)
- visual degradation
- Health & safety: slipping on guano. Corrosive dust accumulation in attics.
In addition, some bird species are associated with rural areas, where they can cause serious damage to crops. (i.e. wood pigeons, corvids and canada geese)
There are a large number of pathogens associated with birds and their droppings. They include Campylobacter sp & Salmonellosis (food poisoning), Ornithosis, Histoplasmosis, Listerosis (meningitis, septicaemia) etc.
All birds, their nests and eggs are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside act 1981. However designated pest species are exempt from this, and certain bird control actions can be taken to prevent damage by these pest species. The following bird species can be killed or prevented from nesting by DEFRA's general licence as a last resort option for control (proofing / spiking /scaring should be explored first):
- feral pigeon
- wood pigeon
- lesser black-backed gull
- collared dove
- canada goose
- herring gull (only destruction of nests/eggs allowed)
We cover the following districts
WI: Wigan and Leigh, WL: West Lancashire, CL: Chorley, PR: Preston, BL: Bolton, HE: St. Helens, MA: Manchester, WA: Warrington, KN: Knowsley, LP: Liverpool, SE: Sefton, SP: Southport, HT: Halton, SA: Salford; TR: Trafford, SK: Stockport, TS Tameside, BR: Bury, RD: Rochdale, BB, Blackburn, HB: Hyndburn, Fl: Fleetwood, WR: Wirral, CW, CC, CE: Cheshire west, central and east.