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Visit to farmers contacted in the FIMA

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Attendance at FIMA Zaragoza, by IRIS and Volterra, has made the project known to a large number of people. Several farmers have shown interest after the event and are offering their plots for the replication phase.

During the last month, several visits have been made to those interested, in different locations, in Spain, to study each situation individually (target animal or animals).

The main objective was to evaluate the suitability of the use of the Fence Laser system in each of these farms.

In addition, the trips have been used for testing with handheld equipment. Currently, both Volterra and IRIS have met with farmers, stockbreeders and technicians in Alcover (Tarragona), Tomiño (Pontevedra), Vilanova de Arousa (Pontevedra) and Aguilar de Campo (Palencia). In all cases, the acceptance of the system and its operation has been fabulous. We believe that, in the future, we will have a diverse range of plots to implement replication actions.


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Bird Control Group participated in Global Berry Congress

Imre Knol, Senior Account Executive and Steinar Henskes, CEO of Bird Control Group represented Bird Control Group at Global Berry Congress on March 20 as a sustainable solution provider to bird problems. Soft fruit growers are one of the biggest customers of Bird Control Group with many bird problems. Global Berry Congress is a good place to meet the berry producers and other people involved in the business from all over the world. From the conversations with the berry producers it was clear that next to the bird problems they also have various issues with rodents and mammals that are eating and destroying berries. Imre and Steinar told the growers that Bird Control Group is working on the EU Life Laser Fence project, the potential outcomes of which could bring a lot of advantages to the growers and help them solve the rodents issues. The visitors of our stand thought that the project was a great idea and they were excited to know the outcomes of it. They mentioned that the method they use now is rodenticides which is not a sustainable method comparing with the laser fence.

 

 

 


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Gijs Groen’s visit to PestFix for Exhibition PPC Live

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Gijs Groen, Sales Manager of Bird Control Group participated in the exhibition, PPC Live for pest controllers in the UK. PPC Live is one of the most popular pest control events in the UK. It includes indoor seminar programmes and outdoor demonstrations of the devices. Over 65 exhibitors presented their latest products and innovations in the industry. Gijs went to the exhibition with our UK pest control distributor – PestFix. He informed the pest controllers on the updates from the Life Laser Fence project that Bird Control Group is involved in and shared the progress made at the test site by BCG. He shared that the laser is operating, wild-cameras are logging the progress and the location houses a lot of wild boars, deer, foxes, rabbits and some common bird species. The visitors were very interested in the results and they shared their own ideas on how they control rodent animals.


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Maintenance visit of BCG in Wölferlingen, Joep Everaers & Tomas Peeters

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Certified Installer Tomas Peeters and Project Manager Joep Everaers of Bird Control Group traveled to the Life Laser Fence test-site location in Wölferlingen, Germany. The Life Laser Fence Autonomic prototype has been operating there for already 10 weeks. Joep and Tomas went there to perform maintenance to the device and reposition cameras and wild-cameras. They concluded that the device was operating well, even though the weather was very cold last month. They obtained photographs and video footage from the cameras and wildtrap cameras which are going to be analysed on animal’s behavior and reactions to the laser at the office of Bird Control Group in the Netherlands. For now it can be confirmed that the location is rich on animal species like wild boar, deer, rabbit, fox and multiple common bird species. They all have been spotted in the area around the system.