Management of Oystercatchers

It was highlighted by our client from the outset of the project that there were Oystercatchers present within the University campus. They had a history of nesting birds on existing live buildings, as well as recently delaying a live University construction project.

To try and mitigate the risk of nesting birds during our construction period we created six temporary beaches which are on pallets to allow movement around the campus. Oystercatchers have been spotted using these.

We also installed and continue to use a bird scarcer which prevents long term landing of birds on site. It periodically gives off a distress call which can be heard within the confines of our site boundary, thus preventing long term bird landing on site and avoiding risk of nesting.

To date we have had no issues with nesting birds on site. However, we continue to see pairs of Oystercatchers around other areas of the campus. We shared our strategy and feedback with our University client who along with the RSPB have commended the management strategy used on site.

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