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
(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.
(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.
(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).
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.