Meet Titch - the stunning Harris Hawk whose job is to sends gulls packing

Titch, the Harris Hawk with owner Keith Golden, ready to go to work as a gull and pigeon deterren

Titch, the Harris Hawk with owner Keith Golden, ready to go to work as a gull and pigeon deterrent, at the Fakenham Industrial Estate for KG Falconry and Wildlife Control. - Credit: Denise Bradley.

A magnificent bird of prey is not the first thing you expect to see on an industrial estate.

But if you were at Fakenham's Jack Richards & Son this week, you might have just caught Harris Hawk, Titch, hard at work.

Titch belongs to Keith Golden, who has three hawks that visit industrial estates across East Anglia using falconry as a deterrent for gulls.

In Fakenham they have been keeping flocks away from products being loaded onto Jack Richards & Son vans before they are transported across the country.

Titch, the Harris Hawk at work at the Fakenham Industrial Estate as a deterrent to keep seagull and

Titch, the Harris Hawk at work at the Fakenham Industrial Estate as a deterrent to keep gulls and pigeons away. - Credit: Denise Bradley.

“I’ve seen 250 gulls were on one roof nesting - that's an awful lot of mess,” Mr Golden said.

“We do this to protect humans at the end of the day, because of the faeces which contain bacteria, diseases and whatnot. When we’re on industrial estates, a lot of these goods are going into the food chain and also into people’s homes.

“If a gull defecates all over these goods, it is not going to be good for humans.”

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Titch has made an instant impact on the estate. His presence on a rooftop is enough to send a flock of gulls scattering to the skies, looking to get as far away as possible.

Seagulls scatter at the Fakenham Industrial Estate as the hawk from KG Falconry is up flying to dete

Gulls scatter at the Fakenham Industrial Estate as the hawk from KG Falconry is up flying to deter them from nesting. - Credit: Denise Bradley.

Mr Golden, 39, said he came into the industry by chance, having wanted to be a falconer since he was a child.

He had birds, but it was more of a hobby, until he was 15 when he was asked if he would like to do some bird control, clearing out pigeons.

This soon became gulls, and he thought he could start a business out of this - so established KnG Falconry and Wildlife Control back in 2015.

Blustery conditions can make work tricky for Titch, but a small tracker means the pair found their way back together. When he returns, Titch is rewarded with some chicken legs for his hard work.

Keith Golden, of KG Falconry and Wildlife Control, with Titch, the Harris Hawk, out to deter seagul

Keith Golden, of KG Falconry and Wildlife Control, with Titch, the Harris Hawk, out to deter gulls and pigeons from the Fakenham Industrial Estate. - Credit: Denise Bradley.

Mr Golden said some people believe the methods are unfair, but believes they strike a fair balance.

“We are doing this for the industrial estates,” he added.

“Not for ourselves, it's not fun, nor is it a sport. We do this to help the industry.”

Keith Golden, of KG Falconry and Wildlife Control, with Titch, the Harris Hawk, ready to deter seag

Keith Golden, of KG Falconry and Wildlife Control, with Titch, the Harris Hawk, ready to deter gulls and pigeons from the Fakenham Industrial Estate. - Credit: Denise Bradley.

Titch, the Harris Hawk ready to go to work as a seagull and pigeon deterrent at the Fakenham Industr

Titch, the Harris Hawk ready to go to work as a gull and pigeon deterrent at the Fakenham Industrial Estate for KG Falconry and Wildlife Control. - Credit: Denise Bradley.

Titch, the Harris Hawk ready to go to work as a seagull and pigeon deterrent at the Fakenham Industr

Titch, the Harris Hawk ready to go to work as a gull and pigeon deterrent at the Fakenham Industrial Estate for KG Falconry and Wildlife Control. - Credit: Denise Bradley.

Titch, the Harris Hawk ready to go to work as a seagull and pigeon deterrent at the Fakenham Industr

Titch, the Harris Hawk ready to go to work as a gull and pigeon deterrent at the Fakenham Industrial Estate for KG Falconry and Wildlife Control. - Credit: Denise Bradley.