Page last updated at 12:55 GMT, Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Hawks keep eye on library's roof

Folly the Harris Hawk will be protecting the roof with Madam the Saker Falcon

The environmentally-friendly roof of a new library in Cardiff has two guardians of the feathered variety.

Birds of prey Folly and Madam have been brought in temporarily to keep other birds away from eating seedlings and nesting on the grass sedum roof.

Once grown, the grass topping will help insulate the building in winter, reduce rainwater runoff and protect the roof from UV light to help extend its life.

The birds will guard the roof until building work is completed.

Folly is a male brown Harris Hawk with rusty red markings on his wings while Madam is a cream female Saker Falcon with brown wings.

Both have been trained by Phillippa Hawkins, the keeper of the resident hawk called Dad at the Millennium Stadium.

Dad keeps other birds out of the ground and off the pitch and similarly Folly and Madam will take it in turns to guard the roof.

The roof is now in a very important and fragile stage of growth so the last thing we want is for birds to fly down and disturb the growing process
Jamie Payne, library project manager

They will be accompanied by a trained falconer.

Jamie Payne, project manager for the library, said the presence of the birds was aimed at preventing seagulls and other birds from getting too close.

"They are fantastic birds and they look great, I'm sure they will do a good job while they are with us at the library," he said.

"The soil was pumped up on to the roof last month and the sedum grass seeds have been planted.

"The roof is now in a very important and fragile stage of growth so the last thing we want is for birds to fly down and disturb the growing process.

"When it has grown the sedum grass roof is just one of the library's green features which will help to make it the most sustainable buildings in Cardiff."

The grass roof will also reduce heat loss in the summer and assist in the removal of CO2 and other pollutants from the air in the city centre.

The new library building at the southern end of the Hayes in the city centre, is part of the St David's 2 development which will open in 2009.

Advertisement

Rhodri Lewis talks to Philippa Hawkins about how birds of prey will protect the library's roof



Print Sponsor


SEE ALSO
Work on capital's facelift begins
12 Jul 05 |  South East Wales

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC navigation

BBC © 2013 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific