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Bird Scaring

Trusted experts in Bird Control for Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall.

Plymouth specialists in Bird Scaring

Falcon Environmental Services specialises in bird scaring. The concept of bird scaring involves the use of noises designed to unsettle nuisance birds, thus encouraging them to move on.

The sounds will distress the birds as they are often associated with their predators. This technique is often used to remove birds from night roosts or seagulls on mass.

Our Falcon Environmental Services team offers this as one of our bird control services across Plymouth, Exeter, Torquay and other areas of Devon and Cornwall.

Working alongside our other bird control and bird proofing methods, our Plymouth bird scaring service is an effective tactic in the fight to rid domestic and commercial premises of unwanted guests such as seagulls and pigeons.

We are particularly proud to be able to offer BirdAlert®, bird detection and scaring device that has been specifically designed to recognise and scare off nuisance birds. BirdAlert® detects and immediately reacts to certain problem birds, scaring them off with species-specific scare programs that are designed to avoid familiarity.

If you have a problem with nuisance birds and would like to find out more about how we can help, please do get in touch.

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Effective Plymouth Bird Scaring Techniques

Far too often, people buy cheap “DIY” bird scaring plastic devices that emit owl sounds or other predator noises that aren’t effective and don’t provide an ongoing solution. The equipment that Falcon Environmental Services uses is much more effective and used effectively, along with other deterrents like our  hawks, can soon unsettle even the most comfortable of guests.

Nuisance birds are very resilient and can require more than just trying to shoo them away. They are also not stupid, in fact, pigeons are thought to be an intelligent bird. They can soon uncover a false threat. 

That is why our bird control services, including our Plymouth bird scaring techniques, are designed to offer the complete package which, when used together, can soon rid you and your business or birds that can be causing untold damage to your property as well as being a general nuisance.

Using the latest technology, and undertaking regular training in these technologies, our team knows exactly how to deal with problem birds.

Introducing BirdAlert®

At Falcon Environmental Services, we are delighted to be able to offer BirdAlert®, an innovative bird scaring and detection service specifically designed to recognise and scare off nuisance birds. BirdAlert® detects and immediately reacts to certain problem birds, scaring them off with programmes that are species specific.

The problem with more traditional scare tools, is that they can be weakened by familiarity and habituation. It’s the same when flying birds of prey over an area to scare off nuisance birds.

If the birds are flown at the same time every day, the problem birds soon get used to the familiar sight and no when to make themselves scarce and when they need to worry.

It is why when we fly our hawks, we do so at various times of the day. This way there is more chance of our efforts being successful.

Traditional scare tools cause habituation

Traditional scaring tools are set to go off on timers which within a week or two lose their effectiveness which means they have to be continually moved to have any impact.

It is for this very reason that BirdAlert® has been developed to meet this challenge and can variegate the order and intensity of the actions so that familiarity of the noises can be avoided entirely

How does BirdAlert® work?

The BirdAlert® device is placed and then monitored through an online portal. It has a detection range of up to 250 metres radius.

Being equipped with five sockets means that customers can connect various scare tools – speakers, gas cannon, kite controller, eagle eye and scareman. Each of these tools designed to work with different species of bird. It is sealed and should never be opened to avoid damage or impact to warranty/insurance.

When BirdAlert® detects one of the species it is set to “guard” against, it immediately launches a scare programme aimed at precisely that species. The programme will variegate the order in which the connected scaretools are activated, with the aim of posing a predator threat to its subjects. 

There is also an online portal which means you can monitor the effectiveness of the system. You can check how many times the decoy has been activated and which species it has scared. There are no complicated processes to follow – just set up and go.

Birds that BirdAlert® is effective against

Of course, the main culprits for causing damage to property and making a nuisance of themselves are gulls and starlings, the latter descending in large flocks. The yellow brain is also effective against geese that like to eat crops and rooks that gather in large numbers.

Of course, you may want to protect against a number of birds or you may just have problem with gulls. Falcon Environmental Services will set up the system to target the birds that are causing you issues using one of the five input options:


The speakers utilise a unique audio library within the box using distress calls to scare away birds. They can be  set up to play up to 120 DB. The built-in programming doesn’t play the same sounds continuously but ensure that BirdAlert varies the sound to avoid habituation.

Gas Cannon

The various gas cannon options can be controlled to activate at different times to avoid habituation.

Kite Controller

Mounted in a kite controller, hawk kites are automatically raised and and lowered when noise is detected. The kit controller ensures that the birds don’t adapt to the hawk kite which can often be the case.

Eagle Eye

Eagle Eye reflects the ray of the sun in a varied pattern to harmlessly deter birds from unwanted areas. The reflective surface sends beams around in a menacing pattern.


While some of the audio scaring options aren’t suitable in certain areas due to noise pollution, the scareman can be used as an effective alternative. It will instantly inflate for maximum scare.

Where can BirdAlert® be used?

BirdAlert® can be used in many different places where birds are likely to cause issues. Airports for example are a prime example. Birds making their homes near busy runways for example are a threat to planes taking off and landing and can cause catastrophic consequences. Other prime areas include:

  • Recycling plants – a major magnet for birds that like to scavenge
  • Refuse tips
  • Farms – crops and feed need to be protected
  • Vehicle dealerships where guano can cause damage to cars
  • Corporate buildings
  • Hotels
  • Hospitals
  • Listed buildings to protect the stonework from bird droppings


That’s not an exhaustive list and there are many other circumstances in which BirdAlert® is an excellent solution.

If you have a nuisance bird problem that is affecting your home or business, then get in touch with Falcon Environmental Services. We are licensed in bird control services and offer a number of solutions that are both effective and humane.

Our experts cover the counties of Devon, Cornwall and Somerset and further afield. Get in touch to discuss your bird scaring or bird proofing requirements.

We will be able to advise you on the most effective Plymouth bird scaring solutions for your domestic or commercial bird issues.

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Kay Soppet
Kay Soppet
I was extremely pleased with Falcon Environmental Services. They were efficient, reliable, friendly and professional. I was happy that I found a local company to help with the problem of pests in my attic. They were always available to talk to explaining the situation to me and how they were going to deal with it. I really felt that they went over, above and beyond what I expected. Nothing was too much trouble, my calls and enquiries always returned with a friendly voice, care and consideration. I would honestly recommend them and use their company again if the need arises. It’s very comforting to find good, reliable professional people you can rely on. Thank you to everyone at FALCON.
Steven Newton
Steven Newton
I would definitely use this company again very professional.
Marta Hawkins
Marta Hawkins
Great service, super professional with a nice friendly touch. Always responsive and ready to adjust and accommodate extra needs. Highly recommend
Fast friendly and knowledgeable, Matthew understands your problems and discusses and explains what can be done to sort the problem, uses various ways to solve or remove whatever is causing the problem, from rats, wasps, bee's, feral pigeons, you name, it Falconry Environment will work hard to find a solution for you...
Sarah Wilkinson
Sarah Wilkinson
Great service, competitive pricing and friendly staff. Highly recommended
Falcon is the best. Matt is and always such a professional approachable man. We have had the pleasure of using Falcon for a few reasons that they have alway had expert advice and responses.
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John Adaway
I have had the pleasure of working with Matthew and his team and would highly recommend Falcon Environmental Services their friendly and professional approach to the work they do.
Marc Payne
Marc Payne
An excellent, professional and reliable service as always.
Aaron Brian
Aaron Brian
Very professional service from every member of the team that I’ve dealt with. The team are extremely knowledgeable and always to willing to help when they can. Highly recommended company. Thanks Matt and the team.
Tracy Phillips
Tracy Phillips
Very happy with service that we received. High level professional advice and follow-up work was provided by the company. Communication with the office was quick and responsive and colleagues who attended were prompt, helpful and skilled. Would fully recommend the service if and when required.

We're trusted experts across the South West

While we cover the whole of the South West, we are often called to work in the following areas due to the density of population and number of businesses.

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We’ll organise a convenient time to implement the best solution and advise on how to best manage the issue in the future to give you complete peace of mind.

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We provide trusted Bird Control services for commercial and domestic clients.


We have recently started using Falcon Environmental Services for a number of large commercial solar panel installations in the Plymouth area, both sites are located on the River Tamar and have a history of nesting birds. From the very beginning, it has been a joy to work with the team. The results have been fantastic, we have gone from having hundreds of birds on a roof to a dozen in a matter of weeks. I would not hesitate to use Falcon for future projects and I would recommend them to anyone that needs any Hawking needs.

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Falcon Environmental Services are experts in Bird Control. We’ve developed our service into the leading provider in the South West with a mix of traditional methods, including our trained birds of prey, and modern solutions such as netting and spiking.  

We protect some of Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall’s biggest businesses while still providing a dedicated service to domestic properties.

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