You might well expect professional pest controllers to

Why cities are unleashing birds of prey into their skies

canada goose jacket outlet While political hawks and doves clash inside the Palace of Westminster, real hawks patrol the skies above the famous buildings buy canada goose jacket cheap to control the population of feral pigeons which, despite the name, are actually uk canada goose outlet a Canada Goose Outlet kind Canada Goose sale of dove. canada goose jacket outlet

canada goose outlet uk sale But it is not just at the UK’s Canada Goose Online Houses of Parliament that you might see a bird of prey swooping after problem birds. Hawks are also at work around the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh canadian goose jacket and in many other towns up and down the UK as well as in other canada goose black friday sale countries. Birds of prey have even been deployed in British seaside resorts to keep control of gull populations. canada goose outlet uk sale

canada goose outlet canada There is simple and seductive logic canada goose coats behind the idea cheap Canada Goose of falconry for bird control. Problem birds usually pigeons or gulls recognise a large bird of prey as a threat. As soon as the predator takes to the skies, they scatter. canada goose outlet canada

Pest control is not really seen as a particularly sexy subject

canada goose parka outlet uk As a result, the problem birds should stay away as long as the bird of prey is flown in the area on a fairly regular basis. The falconer has modified their „landscape of fear”, creating a hotspot of terror that they avoid because they associate it with a threat of predation. canada goose parka outlet uk

canada goose discount uk Falconry has been used to keep birds away from airports and landfill sites for decades. Presumably it is effective to some degree, canada goose clearance sale or the operators at these sites would have stopped paying the falconers long Cheap Canada Goose Uk ago. canada goose discount uk

canada goose outlet vancouver But exactly how effective? The question is not easy to answer because few scientists have investigated falconry for pest control. It can get overlooked a little,” says Aonghais Cook at the British Trust for Ornithology in Thetford, Norfolk. canada goose outlet vancouver

In a study published in 2008 while he was at Newcastle University, Cook and his colleagues explored the subject. They investigated whether falconry and other pest control measures changed the behaviour of nuisance gulls at six landfill sites across the UK.

canada goose outlet woodbury Falconry could be effective indefinitely, as long Canada Goose Jackets as there is enough money to pay the falconer to return on a regular basis canada goose outlet woodbury

canada goose outlet in canada His observations suggest falconry can Canada Goose Coats On Sale have a useful impact, and that it may be a better long term deterrent than some other anti gull strategies. canada goose outlet in canada

canada goose stockists uk Pest controllers use many gull deterrents at landfill sites, from crude methods like fireworks to more sophisticated approaches like playing seagull distress calls through loudspeakers. These methods might work for a while, but Cook and his colleagues found that over a few weeks the birds gradually realised that the threats cheap canada goose uk were hollow and learned to ignore them. canada goose stockists uk

canada goose outlet in vancouver But the pest birds cannot ignore a bird of prey. „A large falcon or hawk scares the birds off and keeps them off,” says Cook. canada goose outlet in vancouver

canada goose uk In some cases, Cook found that the number of gulls on site was lower after a hawk had been used for several weeks than it was canadagoose-sale during the first few days following canada goose uk black friday the introduction canada goose uk outlet of the hawk. To put it another way, the predatory bird became a more effective threat with buy canada goose jacket time. canada goose uk

canada goose jacket outlet sale In principle, it is possible that falconry could be effective indefinitely, as canada goose long as there is enough money to pay the falconer canada goose store to return on a regular basis. canada goose jacket outlet sale

canada goose outlet online On South Africa’s golf courses it is Egyptian geese that are the problem. Some golf course managers pay falconers to trundle around the fairways on golf buggies, flying Harris’s hawks that spook the geese. canada goose outlet online

canada goose sale uk Falconry on its own is unlikely in most cases to solve the problem canada goose sale uk

canada goose outlet website legit Atkins and his colleagues decided to examine whether the approach discourages geese from lingering on the links by monitoring geese at a golf course before and during a nine week period in which falconry was introduced. Shortly after the falconry began, goose numbers fell by about 80%, and they remained low for the canada goose clearance rest of the monitoring period. canada goose outlet website legit

canada goose outlet 80 off „We found that the presence of an avian predator was effective enough to maintain low numbers of geese on the course, provided the falconry treatment was consistent and occurred once per Canada Goose online week,” says Atkins. canada goose outlet 80 off

canada goose outlet online store review The hawks occasionally caught and killed a goose, he says. This might have kept the other geese alive to the threat and prevented them from habituating to the presence of the hawks. canada goose outlet online store review

canada goose outlet in usa So the science, what little of it there is, seems to suggest that falconry works. You might well expect professional pest controllers to thoroughly endorse this uk canada goose conclusion. But in fact they can be canada goose coats on sale far more cautious. canada goose outlet in usa

canada goose outlet price „Falconry on its own is unlikely in most cases to solve the problem,” says David Van Vynck Canada Goose Parka of Van Vynck Environmental in Tilbury, UK, who has been in the pest control business since the 1980s. canada goose outlet price

If the hawk is not there, it has no effect

canada goose outlet jackets His company uses a variety of pigeon control strategies. These include falconry, but Van Vynck says the birds of prey are generally only used to deter pigeons from roosting on a given building canada goose outlet jackets.