pest bird control

My name is Ben Gregor-Smith. By profession I have always been a Musician, but since an early age I have always been fascinated by the art of Falconry. The feeling one gets when flying a bird of prey and watching it doing what a bird of prey does best is really a wonderful experience. It lets you access a freedom which in my opinion cannot be beaten. I have now practiced falconry for 15 years and have turned it into my second profession. Here at about-falconry based in Basel in Switzerland we offer days out with the birds so you can experience it for yourself how it is to fly a bird of prey. Also the main service we offer is pest bird control. In many places all over Switzerland and Europe crows and pidgeons are a real problem. There are so many of them (especially around cities and towns where it is easy for them to find food) and there are no effective ways of getting rid of them. There droppings cause a lot of damage and the birds themselves cause damage to buildings and are generally a nuisance.

This is where we can really help. Especially in places where the birds cannot be hunted in a traditional way... our birds of prey can scare the problem birds away. The birds of prey used to do this are Harris Hawks. These birds are used to flying together in a team and use this ability to encourage the pidgeon or crow population to move away from the area.

The birds of prey are trained to chase the crows and scare them but not necessarily to kill them. This keeps this method green and sustainable. Of course this cannot be guaranteed as the birds of prey are essentially wild animals and the Falconer cannot control every move that the bird makes.

The method works by coming and flying the birds of prey in the affected area regularly and often for a certain number of months. Of course at first the problem birds will come back. But after a while once they start to believe that the raptors live permantantly in the area. They will find a new permanent home.

If you would be interested in our pest bird control service please contact us for further details.


The Ferruginous Hawk – The Royal Buzzard


Welcome to my Ferruginous Hawk page. On this page you will find exciting facts on the Buteo Regalis, Great Buzzard pictures, Information on Buzzards Nests and lots more! Here is a buzzard picture to start off!


Falconry Telemetry – The Insurance Equipment


Welcome to my Falconry Telemetry Page. Here I will explain the importance of this vital piece of anyones falconry supplies and how it is used. I will also provide some videos of specialised knowledge on the subject.


The Northern Goshawk


Welcome to my Northern Goshawk Page, On this page you will find Information on the goshawk and Goshawks as a species. Also you will find out about two of the Goshawks Subspecies, the Red Goshawk and the Grey Goshawk.


The Sparrow Hawk, The Pocket Rocket!


On this page I will talk about the Sparrow Hawk. Also I will show some Sparrowhawk Picture Shots and talk about this hawk and its training methods.

  • Northern Sparrowhawk – accipiter nisus
  • Wingspan – 56-78 cm
  • Tail Length – 20-27cm
  • Overall Length – 28-40cm
  • Male – musket 61% size of female

First here is a great sparrowhawk picture. Thankyou to jim for providing the pics for this page :)


Harris Hawk - Most Versatile Bird of Prey


The Harris Hawk. On this page we will discover in depth information on the harris. Also I will discuss the peruvian harris and other hawks for sale in falconry :)