East Sussex

Hawks fly in to solve seagull crematorium problem

A flock of seagulls that was pestering mourners at Eastbourne crematorium has been brought under control using hawks.

The hawks are specially trained to scatter and scare the gulls away without harming them.

Eastbourne Borough Council contacted Cleankill Pest Control to help stop mourners being dive-bombed as they left the chapel. 

Councillor Margaret Bannister, portfolio holder for bereavement services, said: “Staff at the crematorium were becoming aware of the problems that the seagulls were causing to people attending services or visiting the grounds.

Cleankill removes rats and mice from equestrian centre in East Sussex

The Problem

Cleankill Pest Control was called to a residential property and equestrian centre in East Sussex.  The owner, Andy Melville, reported rats had been seen taking food from the bird table and digging burrows under the table. The bird table was situated near a pond in the large garden attached to the premises. In addition to this, mice were also found to be eating animal feed in the storage cupboards.

Jesus in Jeans no longer plagued by pigeons

A Catholic church in Sussex had spent many years trying to prevent pigeons messing on their statue depicting modern-day Christ. The ‘Maintenance Committee’, with the help of their priest, finally found a company that could help.

Alan Duncan who, with a colleague, helps with maintenance issues at St Philips Church in Uckfield, was at the end of his tether after spending considerable funds and much research on different possible solutions to keep the statue called ‘Jesus in Jeans’ clean.