Two types of birds are most common in chimney bird nest problems, Starlings but more often Jackdaws are the culprits.
From April to the end of July is the jackdaw nesting season, although problems often occur beyond these months because jackdaws are very territorial and often hang about all year.

You should never underestimate the problem or these birds as they are surprisingly intelligent, resourceful and some of the most determined when it comes to nest building. It is surprising how many cases of birds nests I see just driving around every spring.
All too often a bricked up fireplace hides a multitude of sins and takes the owner’s mind off the flue and pot completely.

What you need to consider when you have this problem?

The crows nests that you see in trees, when inside chimneys are built on top of a structure more akin to a beavers dam. They just keep throwing twigs down until a nest support platform (which is often at least 6-10 ft deep or more) is created.

The worst case that I personally remember was an old big building in Barassie that had multiple generations of jackdaw nests on top of each other. The runs in the chimneys were convoluted hence hindering removal of the nest material and so the only course of action was to open up the wall above in the loft space.

Eventually, we removed 13 bin-bags of nesting material which took over 9 hours with little to no time for resting. Removal is ALWAYS HARD physical and labour INTENSIVE work. If you are (Un)Lucky enough to see us undertaking the task you will see we do not stop for breaks and endeavour to keep ourselves fit and strong for this purpose.

It gets worse too… IF left alone & forgotten about

If left unaddressed, one of the worst case scenarios for your house is that it will eventually cause dampness problems and when they get severe enough, they will threaten your very house.
Nests act as sponges for the rain which will eventually soak through into your inner and sometimes outer walls.

Oftentimes, I will see the signs of dampness above the affected chimney fireplace where the walls meet the ceiling and this may also be in the room directly above too, depending on the height of the nest and run of the flues.

***If your building was built prior to the mid 1950’s, then the mortar between your flue bricks/stones is made from sand and lime not concrete. This is very susceptible to the sulphurous acid made when the sulphur from coal soot is dissolved in rain coming into your chimney flue .** So the older your building the worse this problem gets.

If your flue gets damaged enough, you will eventually need to get a liner fitted to be able to use it again, providing any rubble collapses allow of course.

What we can and can’t do for you.

Firstly, we remind you that IF there are eggs or chicks in the nest it is illegal to block access to or remove them, unless you have a special license. So from the end of March till August you will need to wait till the birds have left (as you can read here RSPB Nest Removal Regulations.)

The most relevant part is, “The breeding season for Jackdaw’s is April – July. Therefore, if you are unsure there is a nesting Jackdaw, then the best advice is to wait until the end of August.

However , if you feel it is an emergency or other urgent situation that needs dealt with immediately. We can make a judgement call in determining if the nest is old , in use or not.

We Guarantee

We guarantee your birds nest problem will be removed completely 100% as shown to you live at the time of removal by our FREE CCTV Inspection (normally costs From £60).

If we can do it in an hour or less it will be done! We do NOT mess around or take breaks as we work to appointment. And we endeavour to keep ourselves fit & strong all year round for this very purpose.

Trying to put a time figure on nest removal is kind of like asking how long is a piece of string. However, on average with our professional power sweeping system, our In-house designed {Destrukto-Head} and a wee bit of luck… 99% of nests are COMPLETELY removed within an hour or two at the most.

***Supplying and fitting a bird Cage/China Hat prevents further problems…and WE MAKE IT MANDATORY because we simply don’t want to have to do the same job twice.***


What you should do ?

but now that you are here…

Firstly, do NOT underestimate the problem!! This is potentially one of the worst things that can happen to your chimney flue. You need to act and get it removed and you need to prevent it from happening again.

Please read our normal preparation guidelines and T&C’s but also bear in mind that this work can sometimes be a bit messy. We need open access to the fireplace to create the forces necessary to remove the blockage. In doing so we cannot always close it to the same degree as when we are doing a normal sweeping job. So you should consider covering your floors, furniture and perhaps removing things from the room in advance.

NB/ If you have a stove fitted and are unfortunate enough to have a nest blocking its’ flue, you MAY NEED to have it DISCONNECTED by an installer BEFORE we can remove the problem for you.
Unfortunately we are not magicians who can pull nests through flue pipes nor reverse gravity … the nest will have to come out of the bottom.