Canada Geese Bird Control & Management
Predator Pest Solutions are specialists in Canada geese management. If you would like a free no obligation quote, please call us on 0800 112 3480 or fill in the form on the right.
Information on Canada Geese
The Canada goose (Branta canadensis) is part of the Anatidae family which includes all goose species, ducks and swans. They are one of the largest goose species with a life span of up to 24 years, and can commonly weigh between 2.50kg – 6.50kg, with a wing span of up to 6 feet 1 inch. Canada geese have some distinct identifying features such as a long black neck and head, which has a white patch underneath the chin often referred to as a ‘chin strap’. Their body is covered in a greyish-brown plumage except for the chest, which is white. They have black bills and large black webbed feet to aid in swimming. Often male Canada geese are a fraction larger than their female equivalents and are generally more aggressive during the breeding season.
Canada geese were first introduced to St James’ Park by King Charles II in 1665 as part of his wildfowl collection. After escaping from the park, their population stayed low up to the 1950’s, after which time, their populations began to increase dramatically. Today there are more than 190,000 birds living within the UK, evenly distributed in all areas except for the very north of Scotland. Canada geese originated from (as the name suggests) Canada and 48 out of the 50 states of America. They are a flocking bird for most of the year, breaking off during the breeding season to pair up and produce between 6 – 8 offspring. These birds are often known to pair for life and return to the same breeding area year after year.
Canada Geese Risks & Environmental Impact
Canada geese are a common sight within both urban and rural areas, often staying close to water sources such as rivers, lakes and ponds. Within the urban environment Canada geese have become larger and more brazen, due to excessive feeding by the public and regular contact with humans. They can cause a large amount of damage to properties such as local playing fields, golf courses, local parks and fisheries, due to their large appetite for grass and other plants. Due to their flocking behaviour and size, Canada geese can also pose a danger to airports and runways by flying in the path of planes, with bird strikes having the potential to cause devastating consequences.
Their flocking behaviour also causes a nuisance to urban environments by loud calling, walking across roads, railways and attacking the public who come near to them (generally increased during the breeding season). Large flocks of Canada geese can often cause over grazing of land and additional issues with their digging and dusting behaviours. Their excessive excrement habits also create hygiene issues to the public, as well as slip hazards.
Within the rural and agricultural environment, Canada geese can be a nuisance causing damage to arable land, damaging wild habitats and eroding areas, generally around water sources such as lakes and ponds. As an aggressive, large sized bird, Canada geese can often bully other wildfowl species such as ducks and swans, causing them to vacate the area and not return. Crop damage on arable land due to the large Canada goose flock sizes, is believed to run into millions of pounds worth of damage each year and can cause many problems for farmers and their associates. Their guano or fouling is dangerous for several reasons, such as the risk of salmonella being transmitted to humans, other unpleasant diseases, it is corrosive and unsightly and it can cause slips due to its watery texture.
Canada Geese Control & Management
Successful management is key to sustaining a population of Canada geese in an area, whilst also minimising the damage and any health risks to humans. Our goose management team specialise in the successful management of Canada geese, with a wealth of experience and knowledge around the subject. Management practices and techniques vary between jobs and will be discussed and agreed with the client before any action is taken. Our management team pride themselves on the ethical and sustainable management of Canada geese to benefit both the client and the Canada goose population in the area.
If you have a Canada geese management issue:
- Log any damage to environment or property.
- Log flock size and common locations.
- Log timings of sightings.
- Ensure any food items and refuse are stored securely.
- Ensure all areas requiring inspection are accessible.
- Call Predator Pest Solutions.
On arrival, our technician will:
- Establish the location and estimate size of the Canada geese management issue.
- Determine the most appropriate method for access and treatment.
- Brief the customer on their findings and recommended next steps.
- Ensure the safety of others.
- Wear their protective equipment and commence with the treatment.
- Ensure the area is left safe and provide a written report.