Bird netting is one of the most effective and long lasting ways of bird proofing buildings and other structures against all urban bird species. It provides a discreet and impenetrable barrier that protects premises without harming the birds. Pigeon proofing, by using bird nets, is by far more effective than bird spikes or sprung wires.
The principal of the netting system is that a steel wire known as a wire rope is fitter around the perimeter of the area where the net is to be installed. The wire is attached at the corners to netbolts using special crimps; the tension being applied through the use of barrel strainers. Intermediate fixings are installed at regular intervals to keep the wire close to the structure. UV stabilised net is then attached to the wire with hog rings.
Nets are available in a range of mesh sizes to proof against different bird species, and different colours to minimise visibility in sensitive locations.
We offer two types of nets, a traditional knotted 12/6 polyethylene net or high tenacity knotless polypropylene net, much lighter yet stronger. Both nets are UV stabilised and are likely to resist UV degradation and withstand range of environmental conditions to give a working life of 10 years or more if correctly installed and maintained.
The latest Wild Birds and Netting Guidance issued by RSPCA puts responsibility on all building managers / owners of the properties with netting installed to set up a system to regularly check for trapped birds.
They remind us that, “All wild birds, including pigeons and gulls, and their nests are protected under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 (as amended). It is an offence, except under licence, to intentionally kill, injure or take any wild bird, take, damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird whilst it is in use or being built, and to intentionally take or destroy the egg of any wild bird.”
Regular maintenance will also ensure that proofing system is in good order and greatly extend its lifespan.
Need an advice about netting? To talk to our bird control specialist call us on 020 8355 3443!