Walton Bridge - Pest Control

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The challenge

Walton Bridge is a road bridge across the River Thames, carrying the A244 between Walton-on-Thames and Shepperton. Having been rebuilt 6 times, its latest form had only been open for 18 months and immediately encountered a serious pigeon problem. These unwelcome residents began squatting on the bridge since its opening, until Surrey County Council decided enough was enough.
This project fell into the reliable hands of Costain, so a proposal was immediately submitted outlining our pragmatic approach and methodology. Costain recognised our unique, effective and nature-friendly approach to pest control and awarded us with the works.

What did we do

Our expert knowledge and breadth of experience in delivering bird protection on a waterway bridge structure allowed us to approach this project with confidence.
To prevent the pigeons from inhabiting the bridge, we installed steel mesh to protect the main ‘T’ beam and horizontal support beams. To ensure maximum discretion, the mesh was then painted to the exact colour code of the main structure, rendering the mesh virtually invisible.
To further repel the pigeons from roosting on the bridge, our RSPH level 2 trained technicians applied bird free gel to the beams. Birds have the ability to see ultraviolet light, by exploiting their senses the gel is designed to mimic the appearance of fire, making it an effective perching deterrent.
Being against lethal solutions, our methods are always 100% nature friendly and humane. We worked with London pigeon protection groups to help remove and re-home the chicks and fledglings. Whilst this is a pest problem, we recognise and sympathise for the pigeons that are simply living and trying to nest in a safe environment.

The outcome

Walton Bridge is finally pest free and once again strides with pride across the Thames. We have given the bridge long-lasting protection from further inhabitation; the bird free gel having a 5 year minimum guarantee whilst the steel mesh not requiring revisiting due to its durability.




Walton Bridge

Brisge bird control steel mesh

Bird free gel application



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