#1 July 14, 2013 08:25:00

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Pigeons nesting under my p.v. array


Wendy  URN 749.


Recently a pair of pigeons have decided to build a nest and breed under my p.v. array.  I was wondering if any of the subscribers to this forum have any experience of birds (or mammals…) using a p.v. array area as a nesting/living site and what form of exclusion they deployed?





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#2 July 17, 2013 18:10:00

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I had that problem but with starlings last year I let them get on with there building etc but when I looked after they had left the nests I found that there was signs that the nests had got quite hot and the grass was showing signs of scorching   I do not think they were far from catching light behind the panels this year I have been knocking there efforts away before they build to far .I will be looking for a netting solution soon








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#3 Aug. 5, 2013 04:02:00

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You might consider fastening anti-pigeon spikes on the roof tiles so that they block the gap around the periphery under the panels? I've not had your problem (yet) but have used these around the top of our chimney stack to deter them perching there  (installed when I relocated the TV aerial away from that area as that too was popular with them). Now the mess is minimal so I can just let the rain clean the panels.
Agencies, such as the RSPB and PiCAS International recommend these spikes as the most effective and the most humane anti-roosting product available. The chance of a bird injuring itself is virtually zero because they are well versed in avoiding most dangers.  Netting on the other hand has a poor track record in this respect, with vast numbers of pigeons dying each year having become trapped behind or within netting installations.





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#4 Aug. 6, 2013 21:31:00

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I have experieced the same problem with squirrels.

I have twice now removed their drays.


I removed the first dray consisting of lengths of twig in April , but during a recent two week vacation a squirrel established a substantial nest consisting of twigs, grass and moss. According to the web, they can build this in a day.


This is potentially a serious problem since, if not removed, they could damage the wiring and there is the risk that I might damage the wiring when removing the nest material.


With the panels set about 2.5" above the roof tiles, solar panels seem the optimum site for nesting squirrels, free from wind, rain and quite warm.


Has anyone else had problems with squirrels?


 


 





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#5 Dec. 13, 2014 17:32:36

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Was starting to become a major problem at Lancing Sailing Club (having evicted the pigeons from their previous preferred roost of the club balcony…).
After much debate (the club has a committee…) we had John Butler (www.birdcontrolsussex.com) install his recommended 5mm PVC weatherboard (with many ventilation holes) glued to the outer edge of the panel frame array. John was very patient while the club debated whether an American solution (www.birdbarrier.com) using metal mesh and a very neat clip would be a better solution - we went with his original idea as no one liked the thought of stainless or galvanised steel mesh hard against an aluminium panel surround in a very salty environment for 25 years.
HTH

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#6 Jan. 8, 2015 09:15:48

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Would this work. I used it above my hottub to keep pigeons from roosting above it. It would run off the energy generated.

http://www.agrisellex.co.uk/articles/feral-pigeon-control.html



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#7 Feb. 13, 2015 12:25:12

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I am having some dozen pigeons trying to nest under my PV array - am considering fitting
100 mm diameter gutter brush/guard to the outside of brackets & squash under PV's - anyone any experience of this or comments?

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#8 April 23, 2015 19:17:57

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I have now had fitted the gutterbrush because of pigeons nesting under panels - so far they are still hanging about looking confused but appear not to be able to get under - the amount of debris removed was surprising

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#9 June 11, 2015 08:35:09

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Just to update my saga - the gutterbrush did not completely stop them nesting so have now had another go using chickem mesh - currently have several confused & unhappy birds - hopefully they will give up eventually & then i can have the panels cleaned!

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#10 June 16, 2015 16:18:36

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I would say investing a cat might be the cheapest option!

Some products that prevent birds from getting under solar panels sometimes leads to the birds getting in and then getting stuck under the panel resulting in a cruel slow death for the birds.

Silent (high pitch) deterrents are a rip off, they do not work and actually have been taken of the market due to research showing it can affect young children's hearing although you may still find them on Ebay but don't waste you money.

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