Even the smallest bird can potentially cause serious complications to business with significant cost, as all birds, their young and nests are protected by law under the Wild Animals and Birds Act revised 2020.
It is a common misconception that birds such as pigeons and crows, often referred to as pest species, are not protected. Failure to obey these conditions puts the individual at risk of up to a S$1,000 fine or six months in prison.
Nuisance bird issues
Nuisance birds, especially crows,pigeons and mynas, are known to cause a variety of issues including:
- Nesting in or on buildings – clogging drains and flues, encouraging insect infestation.
- Noise – some bird species are very loud, for example, gull calls can be disruptive to business or residential areas.
- Ground-nesting – ground-nesting bird species can cause significant development delays and costs if not managed correctly or legally.
- Common problem bird species that come into conflict with businesses and organizations are pigeons, starlings and crows which create health and safety issues, depositing bird mess and creating destruction wherever they go.
- The legislative nuances relating to birds are highly complex, and it is advisable to commission a survey from an experienced bird expert. They can put a mitigation plan in place to ensure operations are approved and legal, which will provide auditable evidence safeguarding your project/site.
A broad range of bird management solutions are available with measures that include deterrents such as (non-lethal) falconry and laser systems to modify behaviours and encourage birds not to settle at particular sites.
Preventative solutions may include:
- Bird netting
- Bird spikes
- Electric bird wire
- Non-toxic bird gel
- Laser deterrents
Bird deterrent solutions may include:
- Falconry response – these programs are a live visual deterrent to scare birds from an area. The presence of a hawk or falcon quickly makes an area undesirable to nuisance birds and encourages them to establish a new pattern of behaviour away from your site.
- Egg and nest removal – occasionally lethal forms of bird control are required however it is wise to use this as a last resort as there are a wide range of highly effective non-lethal methods available.
What to do?
Although anyone is able to install bird proofing, it is recommended to seek advice and ensure the person installing the solution has a good understanding of bird behaviour. They also need to be able to install the solution correctly, which will increase the effectiveness of the deterrent.
In some situations, a preventative measure may not be effective or practical, and it may be possible to carry out bird control operations which can be relied upon if the following criteria are met:
- Good reason – preserve public health or public safety, prevent serious damage or disease or light safety
- You are authorized to do so by the owner or occupier of the land or property
- The owner or occupier is satisfied that appropriate non-lethal methods of resolving the problem such as scaring and proofing are either ineffective or impracticable.
We always recommend calling us, the bird experts, if unsure of the law or the safest and effective solution to use.