Shoreham Port is home to much wildlife ranging from swans, starfish and seals to peregrine falcons. The diverse port landscape provides vital shelter and vegetation for a broad range of animals. A less welcome visitor is the seagull, which are attracted to the port in their hundreds around dusk. In the strong winds the seagulls flock to Middle Island at the centre of the Port in seek of shelter.
Shoreham Port has recruited Dave Owens from NBC Bird & Pest Solutions to tackle this problem in an innovative and unique way, with his bird of prey colleague ‘H’. Dave Owens, NBC Bird & Pest Solutions said “H and I are flying at the Port to control the large gull population that are making conditions difficult for the port workers”. H is a seven year old male Harris Hawk and simply his presence is enough to deter the gulls from roosting.
Julian Seaman, Harbour Master at Shoreham Port said “we are using eco-friendly ways to manage pest control at the Port. We hope that the use of a Bird of Prey will be an effective and natural way to encourage the gulls to move away from the Port”.
If you have any queries regarding Bird and Pest control or would like more information on the use of a Harris Hawk please contact Dave Owens via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the NBC website.