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Compact Scarecrow


Bio-Acoustic Bird Scarer

How it works?

The Compact Scarecrow bird scarer emits distress calls recorded from pest species to create an environment that appears hostile to birds, but natural and inoffensive to humans and other animals. An added pest deterrent is an attraction to the area of predators such as red kites, drawn towards the sound of birds in distress and a possible meal.

Features of the Compact Scarecrow

  • Completely portable
  • Provides up to 360o coverage
  • Automatically plays distress calls at random
  • Standard calls included are herring gull, rook, black headed gull, starling, crow, jackdaw and pigeon, with a large library of alternatives
  • Battery or solar powered

The Compact Scarecrow Range

COMPACT 200 - 200 degree coverage with 6 bird distress calls; self-contained battery-powered Master Unit with connection cable and clips plus brackets and U-clamps suitable for wall or pole mounting

Compact 200
(Product code: BIRD1311/P)

200o coverage with 6 bird distress calls; self-contained battery-powered Master Unit (1311) with connection cable and clips (battery not supplied) plus  brackets and U-clamps suitable for wall or pole mounting.

COMPACT 360 - Complete unit giving 360 degrees coverage with 6 bird distress calls including battery-powered Master Unit and Slave Unit with interconnect cable and brackets for pole fitting

Compact 360
(Product code: BIRD1312/P)

Complete unit giving 360o coverage with 6 bird distress calls including battery-powered Master Unit (1311) and Slave Unit (1312) with interconnect cable (battery not supplied) and brackets for pole fitting.

Complete, portable solar-powered system including Master Unit, Slave Unit, adjustable angle solar panel, rechargeable solar-powered battery, 2m pole and mountings with 1m square base. Requires pavings slabs or similar for installation stability

Compact Solar
(Product code: BIRD1313)

Complete, portable solar-powered system including Master Unit, Slave Unit, adjustable angle solar panel, rechargeable solar-powered battery, 2m pole and mountings with 1m square base. Requires pavings slabs or similar for installation stability (not supplied).

The Compact Scarecrow has had excellent results scaring pigeons, crows and starlingsFeedback from Users of Compact Scarecrow

Success with Pigeons and Crows

Justin Stafford, who farms near Stamford, Lincolnshire, was very impressed with the performance of the bird scarer. “We tried the crow sound in the wheat, and birds two miles away lifted and became agitated”, he said. “In the rape, the pigeon sound completely cleared 400 birds and they have stayed in the wood ever since. Even my neighbour’s rape was left alone”.

Mr Stafford has used the Compact Scarecrow on his land since October 2009, and found it particularly effective during harsh winter conditions. The effect also seemed to last, even when he moved the unit to another field. With the bird scarer present, the pigeons didn’t return to the area for three weeks!

An arable farmer based in Lincolnshire reported the effect the bio-acoustic bird scarer had on crows in his field. “Over 400 crows were in the winter wheat, the field was completely black. From the point of switching the Compact on, there has not been a single crow land on the field since!”

A severe problem for many people are the pigeons on the rape. Our own trials at Mr Stafford’s farm have clearly shown that the Compact Scarecrow is very effective at controlling the situation. When using the pigeon distress call it also includes the call of a jackdaw within the sequence, as this particular bird is known as an ‘enemy’ to pigeons, and will hasten their departure. For a period of time Mr Stafford’s bird scarer has been on another premises, however he has been monitoring the activity of the pigeons since and is astonished that even without the bird scarer present, the effect it has had on this pest species has resulted in them not returning to the area for three weeks!

Success with Starlings

Starlings can be a major problem, particularly in maize, silage and cattle buildings. Playing the starling distress call provides good control of the situation, but by also selecting the rook and crow distress calls along with the starling, the control improves significantly. A farmer in Shropshire had around 2000 Starlings covering his maize silage like a plague. “When we started to use the Compact and played the Starling distress call on its own, the Starlings lifted but there were still around 200 left”, said Mr Evans. “When we randomised the Starling call with the Crow distress call, the stubborn 200 Starlings moved as well and we have achieved total control”.

Success with Geese

The bio-acoustic bird scarer is very effective of moving geese from grassland and amenity facilities. The Head Groundsman of Kings House School, London commented, “Geese had been a persistent problem for both the school and other clubs and organisations and the cause of much complaint. The Compact Scarecrow was easy to use and instantly effective against a very large flock of Canadian Geese. We haven’t seen a goose since. The Compact Scarecrow has solved a persistent and long term problem almost overnight for which we are hugely grateful”.

Farmers in south-west Norway have used the Compact Scarecrow to protect their valuable summer grazing lands from hundreds of geese who appear every year. The problem, along with the geese, has disappeared. They don’t know where the geese have gone, but they aren’t too concerned!

Frequently Asked Questions

What sort of volume setting should I set the Compact Scarecrow?

The output volume is absolutely critical as any species will assume the distress call to be false if it appears to be too loud. The key is to experiment with the sound level until it blends with the natural sounds of the location. Typically, setting the volume to the quarter level has been found to be most effective.

Do I just play one distress call or can I play more?

Randomising the distress calls proves to be more effective at keeping the birds at bay for longer. For example, if your problem is pigeons on rape crops, we recommend that you also select the  rook and crow as well as the pigeon call to play at random throughout the day. All these species are scared, but the pigeons have the added deterrent of the sounds of two species who are predators of their young. For added effect, the pigeon distress call is also reinforced with the jackdaw call.

How I often do I need to move the unit around?

The unit should be moved weekly around an affected area if possible.

Where do I locate the unit for best results?

Pigeons are particularly stubborn especially in a cold winter when they are hungry. The pigeon call works best when the unit is situated above the birds feeding in the filed, ideally by mounting the unit on a pole. If a unit is being used in a barn, users should site Compact  at the highest point possible for best effect.

How far will the sound travel?

The coverage area depends on factors including the lie of the land and wind speed so not two sites will be the same. Experience has shown a good effect on pigeons over a 100 acre field of rape from a single position, and lifted crows out of woods two miles away. However, it should again be stressed that loud noise is not necessarily as effective as choosing a volume that blends in with the natural sounds of the location.

Will the Compact have an affect on other animals such as horses?

The bird distress calls which are emitted are only recognisable as a threat to that particular pest species. To any other animal or person it is simply a natural bird sound.

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