During the past 25 years I have always had a few calls each year from customers asking if there is something I can do to stop birds making a mess on their patios, outside doorways and on top of conservatory roofs. This year is turning out to be exceptional with regards to that request as I've had more than 10 calls in the past month alone.
The biggest culprit appears to be the fat and lazy Wood Pigeon although I do notice other birds such as Starlings, Carrion Crows and Jackdaws sitting on TV Aerials for shorter periods of time, it's the Wood Pigeon that seems to enjoy the aluminium perch as it's preferred place of rest.
Over recent years there has been a mini invasion of Wood Pigeons in to urban areas and gardens. I also notice that they appear to have more spare time than many other birds and I've often noticed them sitting around with little to do for long periods of time.
From my childhood memory the Wood Pigeon of the 1960s was a different bird altogether, living out in the countryside in large flocks they always seemed to be busy, settling in a cornfield only to be moved on shortly after with the bang of a farmers crow scarer or the sound of a double barrel shotgun. Back in those days it was the arable farmers that were taking the hit but it now appears that the adaptable Wood Pigeon has found an easier, urban way of life.
Although a double barrel shotgun could still have the desired effect for obvious reasons it's not the best solution so over the years I have perfected an idea and remedy which leaves the pigeons feathers unruffled and patios, door ways and conservatory's clean.
For a humane and permanent solution to the problem give me a call on my mobile - 07850 969 307 or my home number between 7 and 8pm. Droitwich - 01905 799152
My photo above was taken from a roof top standing next to the TV Aerial looking directly down the Aerial pole onto the conservatory roof and garden/patio below. Click to enlarge.