Residents of Quadrant Court have been warned not to approach a Harris Hawk that has been deployed by First Port Property Management Services to 'combat the current pigeon situation.'
In a letter to resident, First Port say, 'You may see him in the next couple of weeks flying across the courtyard or having a break on your balcony. Please remember this is a wild animal. Please do not approach him without the consent of the handler first.'
First Port add that as an additional deterrent they are installing kite hawks on the roof area. These float around in the wind, you may have seen one on the roof of the Wembley Ark, and are claimed to deter pigeons.
They may have better luck than Chalkhill Primary School where a model of an owl, installed on the sports hall roof to see off seagulls, now regularly hosts a seagull nest between its feet!
In other news, First Port, who faced sharp criticism from residents over increased services charges recently, say they are reinstating the courtyard water feature, renovating the courtyard including new flower planting and investigating a leak in the car park/gymnasium. They apologise to residents for the latter taking longer than expected because the building 'has a complex plumbing system.'