Gulls are medium-sized to large, long winged birds, conspicous birds that often occure in large flocks. They are mostly white with grey or black back and wings but immature birds are brown and only gradually gain adult colour. These birds fly relativel slow wing beats and frequently glide or soar on motionless wings. There are six species within the UK that cause problems.
Gulls used to be associated more with coastal areas, but most of the six issue species are now found in large numbers more inland in the UK. These can cause particular issues on roofs on tall buildings where there are favourable nesting areas. During nesting season they become very territorial and will attack people near their nest.
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Gulls can build nests alongside other gulls in colonies. Once a breeding site has been established the gulls will return year after year. They are start breeding at 5 years old and can live up to 25 years. Eggs are laid in April or May with up to three eggs being laid at two to three day intervals. Incubation in most gull species is between 28-30 days. The young will start to fly at about 10 days but will not leave the nest area until after five to six weeks. Breeding season normally finishes at the end of August / beginning of September.
Microbee solutions offered:
Proofing is always the most effective and long term solution to any bird problem. Exclusion netting can offer protection to a larger area then any of the other solutions.
This is mainly for ledge and edge protection. These do not harm the bird but simply make the surface uncomfortable for birds to roost on.
These work the same as spiking but are more used in low pressure infestation levels.
This is an alterantive to roof netting. Orange wire is run parallel across the roof at 400mm intervals. This gap is not enough for gulls to be able to land on the roof.
An alternative when no other system is practical. Gull eggs are replaced with dummy eggs, which over time persuades gulls to seek a new breeding site.
Cleaning and serilising services
We can offer cleaning of bulk birdfouling and nests as well as sterilisation of the areas. Please note that due to the corrosive nature of bird fouling there may be residual stains that we would not be able to remove without damaging the surface.
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