Netherlands: Holographic predator keeps birds away from crop

Dutch growers of fruit, in a bid to keep small birds away from crops, have developed a holographic predatory bird to scare them away. The invention was developed in cooperation with a supplier of bird repellents. Small songbirds are averse to bright flashes and the presence of birds of prey. The holographic bird is hung strategically among the fruits. Next year, the inventors hope to market the idea.

The growers have been active for some time, experimenting with different bird-proof tactics. Sound was used, as well as several reflective surfaces and natural odours. To enhance effectiveness, growers even tried combining these ingredients. It seemed that crows were effectively scared off by the artificial sounds of other birds.

Songbirds however, were not so easily swayed. They were decidedly unimpressed with the sound effects. Small birds like these often nest in hedges and bushes nearby and once they have found their place, they are notoriously difficult to remove. From their sheltered spot they fly directly to the fruit to enjoy a delicious sweet apple or pear.

 

For more information contact Radboud Vorage, 06-51431301 or Joost Lommen (CLM).

Source: praktijknetwerken in de Landbouw


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