What is bird proofing

Steve Laycock | 9 January 2015

Why proof against birds

In the winter months birds will be looking for places to roost and keep warm and dry.

Pigeons in particular can be seen perched on the ledges and window sills of buildings or around the edges of roofs. This is a common site in most towns and cities. They will also seek refuge in loft spaces, voids or attics where they can gain easy access and where people are less likely to frequent.

Their droppings can be seen wherever they roost, are unsightly, smell awful and are a problem to health 

I recently visited a building with a lift shaft / stairwell where the lift was no longer in use and roosting in the top of the shaft were probably fifty pigeons.  The immediate evidence to the occupants of the building was the piles of droppings and feathers up and down the stairwell and all over the banister rails in which the droppings were getting on the hands of adults and children alike when they grabbed the rails. The smell was also an off putting factor.  

Bird droppings carry viruses and bacteria that can be harmful to people. Bird feathers also carry viruses bacteria and parasites that can be harmful to people.

In the spring birds are looking for sites where they can nest.

Seagulls can be a big problem as they tend to look for flat roofs or roofs with gullies where they can build nests. These tend to be larger roofs generally commercial properties but can be any roof.

They become very aggressive and will attack people who present a threat to their nest site. This could be anybody getting too close without even realising.

Their droppings accumulate on the buildings nearby, on peoples cars causing damage to paintwork and their feathers and nesting materials can do damage to property by blocking gullies or clogging air conditioning units. Their feathers and droppings carry disease that can be harmful to human health.  

Bird Proofing

Bird proofing is essentially putting measures in place that prevent or makes it very difficult for birds to gain access to properties for roosting or nesting.

It is putting measures in place to protect people and property from the hazards of birds roosting and nesting.  Protecting property means preventing what could amount to costly damage and repair bills. Protecting people means the health risks and potential for injury from bird attacks.


Proofing can be a simple inexpensive but effective method of stopping birds by putting bird spikes on ledges or sills. 

This stops the birds from landing and inhibits their ability to roost and nest.  

or using deterrent gels where the vapours rising from the gel pots appear as fire to the birds causing them to turn off and fly away.  This has proven a very effective method of deterring birds and the pots remain active for up to three years   











It can be protecting an entire roof using bird netting to deny access to any birds.

This is a more elaborate, bespoke and specialised solution that would require a full survey and evaluation before quoting.










There are also other methods of proofing that can be used which we would be happy to discuss.

If you have had a problem with birds in the past or have had a problem in the last year, the likelihood is that the problem will return this year and the next if nothing is done about it. 

Whatever the situation if you have a problem with birds we can provide the solution.

The bird proofing solutions that we provide do not harm the birds                  

Why not give us a call to see how we can help you? 0117 9000 335