Tag Archives: Artchitecture

Up, up on the roof

21 Nov

Up, up on the roof – thank goodness it’s so far, been a mild autumn as the Abate team would not have been having such a great time on top of the scaffolding and the tower.  What on earth were we doing up there?  Bird-proofing of course.  We were laying down tracks of  ‘scalextric’, not because we were boys with our toys, but to repel birds, particularly pigeons.

The system we use is Avishock so there are no unsightly spikes and netting to spoil the building aesthetics and it’s humane.  When a bird touches the building,  a slight shock is emitted and the bird flies away.

That’s me with the blue hat on…

Can you see me?

It's going to be blowy up there

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The power of social media – even in pest management!

4 Jun

Well what a week it has been and as the title says, mostly due to the power of social media. Last week I blogged, tweeted and pattered about our amazing contract managing the bird control at St George’s Chapel in Gt Yarmouth, a listed building and all the challenges that it presented with dealing with English Heritage, RSPB and architects to name a few.  Following on from that blog, the phones have been ringing of the hook from all areas of the UK including Surrey, Lancashire and Essex.  We have also been contacted by a major regional building company to speak to them about future contracts too; the power of social media!

At first I was generally sceptical about blogs and Twitter as it was something that was out of my comfort zone, but since using it consistently and regularly and engaging with others for a bit of chit-chat, my profile has risen considerably and the added bonus is of course, is that it’s free! 

So taking off my ‘grumpy old man’ head, I am a convert, albeit a fairly recent one and I intend to continue using social media for the foreseeable future to entertain, advise and engage with and meet other people.

Listed buildings and birds

28 May

You may ask what on earth listed buildings have to do with pest management.  Well, quite alot really.  Listed buildings such as churches and chapels have endless issues with birds and then subsequent problems with the fabric of the building.

Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as protecting office blocks from pigeons, gulls etc…as there is endless involvement with English Heritage, National Trust, RSPB and architects too – in fact, the system that we use at Abate took ten years before it was approved by the RSPB, but the system can barely be seen which makes it ideal for these gorgeous ancient buildings.

Our latest project is St Georges Chapel in Gt Yarmouth in the historic King Street area; a wonderful chapel that is undergoing a major project for change of use to an arts venue.  I will keep you up-to-date with the progress and post some photos along the way too – it really is an exciting development.

So pest followers, I think that’s enough for now and I will be back again very soon with pest stories and recipes and the more serious stuff too!

Bird Proofing Norwich