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ABP Property

Our property division brings together an unrivalled land bank spanning 21 multi-modal locations around the country, with 960 hectares of port-based development land.

ABPmer

Drawing on 60 years of experience, ABP Marine Environmental Research (ABPmer) provides specialist marine environmental research and consultancy services.

UK Dredging

UK Dredging (UKD) operates the largest British-owned dredging fleet and specialises in the provision of reliable and cost effective port maintenance dredging services.

ABP DevCo

ABP DevCo creates value from non-port-related development of underutilised land by working collaboratively with stakeholders.

Associated British Ports (ABP) in partnership with its other port users has launched a bird management programme at Millbay docks, Port of Plymouth. The initiative has been introduced in response to growing concerns from customers and port users. It aims to control the number of gulls and pigeons onsite, in a biodiversity friendly manner without culling.

Seika the Harris Hawk at ABP Plymouth

Associated British Ports (ABP) in partnership with its other port users has launched a bird management programme at Millbay docks, Port of Plymouth. The initiative has been introduced in response to growing concerns from customers and port users. It aims to control the number of gulls and pigeons onsite, in a biodiversity friendly manner without culling.

Gulls are a problem at the docks with regular reports of the birds swooping on visitors. A Harris Hawk called Seika will patrol the dock to deter the birds from the area. The programme aims to improve customer experience and provide increased protection from the birds for employees and customers.   

The programme is tailored specifically to the Millbay docks to ensure its effectiveness. Seika will target high activity areas identified and deter the birds from returning to nests which are currently empty. Harris Hawks originate from the Americas and have been used for falconry in the UK since the 1980s. They work well on their own to deter birds such as gulls and pigeons.

Seika is the highly trained Harris Hawk capable of working in urban areas; even in areas of high activity.

The programme has full backing from ABP port users.

Steve Lawrie, Port Operations Manager, Brittany Ferries Plymouth said:

“We are pleased to engage with ABP at Millbay Docks, who has provided a wildlife friendly means of removing gulls and pigeons from the port without resorting to culling. This dovetails nicely into our ethos of Green Marine Europe which we have been awarded for the second year running.”

Adrian Buss, Operations Manager for ABP at the Port of Plymouth said:

“Gulls have been an increasing problem. We have seen the number of complaints and concerns steadily rise. This work is in addition to our education programme which has seen signage advise port users not to feed the birds. We have also worked closely with partners to ensure effective food waste management. This proactive approach is another step to deal with the aggressive seagulls.”