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How to Protect Your Building From Birds

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Perhaps you are already aware of the presence of nesting birds in your building. In fact, if you are reading this article it is probably the case that you are looking for a way to protect your building from nesting birds. Whilst some may be oblivious to the potential problems caused by birds you do in fact join many who deal with the daily issue of finding ways to control the long-term effects of birds living or landing on their building or structure.

What Damage Can Birds Cause to Buildings?

You may be looking to protect your building purely for aesthetic reasons however did you know birds nesting in your building can also cause water ingress and structural damage? In some cases the damage can spread to wiring and cables. The cost involved in cleaning windowsills or building ledges is for building owners is often an expense they would rather not have to experience.

Can Birds' Nests Be Removed? 

All bird nests are protected by law and it is illegal to intentionally remove or disturb an active nest of any wild bird. If you think there is a bird's nest in your roof you must allow the young to leave before you are able to remove and block access to the entrance holes. In some cases, where the nests are causing a threat to health and safety then the nests may be removed, but only by authorised persons as determined by the government.

Besides pigeons, which nest all year round, as a general rule of thumb it is best to attempt to deter birds from nesting in your building during winter months. For more information about birds' nests you can visit The RSPB website.

How Can You Protect Your Building from Birds?

If your building does not currently have nesting birds or you are simply looking to deter birds from landing on window ledges. Initially the building should be checked - ideally between winter months - and once it is certain no birds remain and any holes or gaps should be cleaned and sealed as appropriate. 

There are a number of techniques that can be used to protect your building including spikes and bird netting and wiring.


Anti-roosting spikes are often used on building ledges to reduce the amount of available space for a bird to land on a building. Spikes can be a preferred technique for some situations such as protecting signs and CCTVs. The disadvantage of spikes is that they are unsightly and can become clogged by leaves or debris. 


Bird and pigeon netting is used extensively on a number of different buildings throughout the world and by farmers to protect crops. It has proven be one of the most effective bird deterrents as it can protect buildings whilst blending into the fascia of the building. 

Why Choose Rope Access to Install Roof Top Netting?

Inspection & Rope Access Specialists in Scotland have experience in using rope access to fit netting across difficult to access structures and buildings. Unlike scaffolding or MEWPs, industrial rope access overs a cost-effective and non-disruptive way to fit roof-top netting.

For more information about how our rope access company can help you, contact us today on 01592 722 571 or email