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Volterra and FNYH testing new lasers

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The last week Marta Múgica of Volterra has been visiting the FNYH natural reserve Campanarios de Azaba. Together with the foundation’s biologists they have been walking the areas to observe animal behaviour and see their reaction to the different color lasers. During daylight the trials were inconclusive with few animals and being very shy and jumpy. Also at night the trials had some indication of animals (wild boar mostly) being deterred, but in general it is difficult to draw any conclusions. We support the trial in Galicia that IRIS colleagues are preparing that should give us more video evidence of wild animal behaviour once they are confronted with the lasers.

 


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Badger deterrent trials in UK

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Lasers are being investigated to examine their usefulness in deterring small mammals from areas of land as an alternative to using pesticides and rodenticides. In this video we see a Badger walking along the edge of the field, the laser is used as a non-physical interaction with the Badger so as to make it change its path. This is a demonstration of the ability of lasers to deter animals from a path when in the open, showing their usefulness in potentially keeping animals away from specific areas of land.


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Training of BCG engineers to modify LIFE Laser Fence prototypes

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Following from the trials with handheld lasers with different wavelengths, the next step in testing with a different laser wavelength is here. For the permanent trials in the field in Europe, modified versions of the LIFE Laser Fence prototype will be installed at the LIFE Laser Fence trial locations. As preparation for these tests, two engineers of Bird Control Group, Casper Donkervoort and Jan Karssies are trained to replace a green laser for a blue laser in the devices. The engineers had a training in engineering and modifying the components inside the prototype. The modified version of the LIFE Laser Fence prototype can easily be recognized by the blue-painted sunshroud. This is to distinguish the modified devices from the original prototypes. During the training the first device is modified. Soon Jan and Casper will visit the (replication) trial locations in Germany, England, Scotland and Spain to replace and install the modified versions of the laser. Bird Control Group together with the partners are very curious about the impact that a permanently installed prototype with blue laser will have in the short and long term. Results of the handheld trials and the replication trials will be compared to determine the difference.


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Last week we spent several days in the beautiful Campanarios de Azaba reserve

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