Bird Netting/Anti-Bird Netting
Bird netting and anti bird netting are terms used to describe the same netting type. Bird netting is used to prevent birds from nesting or entering certain areas. It is often used on buildings and in gardens for protection against pest birds like pigeons, gulls and sparrows. Anti bird netting comes in a range of different mesh sizes and strengths. Each is made specifically to protect against different bird species.
As a general guide we recommend the following bird netting mesh sizes for each species. Sparrow – 19mm, Starling – 28mm, Pigeon – 50mm and Gull – 75mm. Our bird netting comes in knotted and knotless options. We also sell the bird net fixings you will need if you are using bird netting for buildings.
To install anti bird netting, you need some basic tools and straining wire. If you are using bird netting for buildings the first step is installing a wire perimeter around the area being protected. You can then attach the bird netting to the wire perimeter.
To fix a straining wire, the main bird net fixings must first be installed every 10m. This is also true for wherever the wire will change direction. Intermediate anti bird netting fixings should be installed at appropriate intervals for the bird species being proofed against.
Start a new run of wire from each main fixing. The wire is to be looped through the eye of the main fixing at one end and secured in place using 2 ferrules or 2 wire rope grips. At the other end, the wire should be looped through the eye of a hook/eye barrel strainer. The hook end of the strainer should then be attached to the eye of the main fixing. The wire can then be tensioned accordingly. Tensioned cross-wires may be required for runs over 10m.
To start fitting the anti bird netting, first use a cable tie to attach the corner of the net to a corner fixing. From there every mesh should be hog ringed to the wire, ensuring the net is tight and square. This ensures that there are no gaps and that birds are prevented from gaining entry through small gaps and holes. One alternative to using anti bird netting are bird deterrent spikes.