Client: Bourne Leisure , Devon Cliffs Holiday Park – Exmouth


Requirement:

Devon Cliffs Holiday Park (Winner Large British Travel Awards 2017, Best Family Holiday Company) is Haven’s biggest holiday park situated in Exmouth, the port town and seaside resort sited on the East bank of the mouth of the River Exe.

With outstanding sea views and sumptuous local seafood served up at the South Beach Café it was obvious to see why the resident Seagulls were keen to carry on frequenting these roof top premises which offered both an abundance of food and Breeding Season shelter.

Seagulls will roost on the highest points of a roof, usually the ridge or along the highest flat roof area and are at their noisiest during the nesting season which is April to July. The eggs are usually laid in April or May, with the young gulls hatching approximately 4 weeks later and finally leave the nest after another 5-6 weeks.

We were asked to a provide a resolution to the existing Gull issue at this very popular seaside Holiday Park.

Gulls had been swooping down from the roof areas and attacking both staff and customers in the outdoor eating area and bar of the Terrace.

The Gulls become especially protective and aggressive during the breeding season. If the gulls believe their eggs or young are in danger, they understandably become very defensive.


Solution:

Our CSCS and SMSTS carded installation team supplied and installed our 50mm UV stabilised Gull Roof Net System to encapsulate the area and deny any future Gull access leaving only the customer/staff entrance areas open.

Our manufactured netting is UV stabilised, it does not absorb water and stretch so it is chemically inert and our in-house measure accuracy enables us to cut these nets to size with minimum wastage.

We also supplied and installed our Eco Bird Spikes to the roof perimeter to ensure that gulls do not attempt to walk onto the net directly from the roof.

As part of a strategy to reduce the gull colony which is causing a clear Health & Safety risk, we will also provide our Gull Colony Management programme during the Breeding Season to deter birds from nesting on the roof areas.

Access Strategy:

Works were completed from a 4.2m narrow short tower that allowed safe access to all areas by our competent PASMA trained team.

PASMA stands for Prefabricated Access Suppliers and Manufacturers Association and is the necessary accreditation required to show that our installers have reached the necessary standard to use equipment such as mobile access towers and, in some cases, low-level equipment such as podium steps and folding towers.

Comments:

Our Install Team and Project Manager loved working at this picturesque site; the exciting nature of the installation tested their skills and site works management which included sourcing and delivering materials and plant to a “live” working site.

The client was very happy with the final outcome of our initial works and we were delighted to have been further awarded additional Gull Proofing works on the back of this success.

Published 12th March 2019

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