Author Archives: Volterra

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Nutriprado in Portugal asks for help from the Life Laser Fence team

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Nutriprado is a grower of sunflower sowing seed for a multinational company. Every year there is up to 20% crop loss because of house sparrows eating the seeds in the crop. Nutriprado is spending a lot of efforts and money on getting these losses under control. Through a networking meeting with another Life project they came to know about Life Laser Fence and they asked Volterra to help finding a solution. Egbert Sonneveld visited the sites in Elvas together with Vasco Andreu from Nutriprado. Vasco explained that he employs 60 persons during 2 months every year who shoot with blanks from early morning till late evening. The noise problems and the excessive use of gun powder are less and less acceptable for the Portuguese authorities, neighbours and other stakeholders. Egbert already contacted Joep Everaets from BCG to discuss the problem and eventual solutions. Joep was sceptical about the safety issues in the area. Egbert also discussed the problem with drone expert and Life Laser Fence partner Santiago Martinez to think of a solution with UAV’s

 


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LJMU at Cheshire Farms Supreme Farm Champions Evening

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LJMU have been working with Ardens of Chester at Tile Farm (Chester, Cheshire, UK) to test the effectiveness of the Laser Fence as a deterrent for ground species.

Tile Farm were recently announced as the 2018 Cheshire Farms Competition Supreme Farm Champions. The Supreme Farm Champions are chosen as the overall winners of 5 Complete Farm Categories in Cheshire County Farms annual competition.

On 16th July, Dr. Martin Sharp, Dr. Jenny Sneddon, and Dr. Eduardo Cordova-Lopez from LJMU accepted an invitation to an open evening and farm walk at Tile farm to celebrate Ardens’ success in the Farms Competition. It was a great opportunity to promote LIFE Laser Fence to the farming community in Cheshire.

 

 


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Juliaan Kleinloog visited Agrosol vineyard seminar in Hungary

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Area Sales Manager of Bird Control Group, Juliaan Kleinloog visited Agrosol vineyard seminar in Hungary. The seminar is organised by Agrosol 2000 which is one of the reseller of Bird Control Group specialised in the solutions for agricultural industry in Hungary. Bird Control Group, Agrosol 2000, Syngenta and some local grape growers were participants of this event. The seminar was dedicated to learn about new agricultural solutions for pest controllers. The biggest challenge they see is that there is no effective and at the same time sustainable solution for pest controllers. Juliaan Kleinloog discussed with the participants about EU Life Laser Fence project that Bird Control Group is involved in and the possibilities of using the laser fence to repel pest animals. The participants of the event thought that the technology would be quite useful and they would like to know the costs of such laser fence and the applications of the technology in the future.


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Life Laser Fence at LJMU Faculty of Engineering and Technology Research Week

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Research Week at the Faculty of Engineering and Technology (FET) at Liverpool John Moores University celebrates the significant contribution that postgraduate research students (PGRs) make to academic life, allowing students a platform to share their own research and gain valuable feedback. More than 150 PGRs participate in the event and welcome a range of external keynote speakers.

As part of the activities of this year’s Research Week, Some of the many research projects in the faculty were invited to have a stand display and explain their projects. This is a direct response to queries from PGR students who wanted to know a bit more about the many and varied areas of research where the FET is involved and the practical applications of the different areas of expertise.

LIFE Laser Fence was present at this year’s FET Research Week and attracted considerable attention from the research students. They clearly showed an understanding of the needs for systems like these, which can in an environmentally friendly manner deal with the problem of unwanted animals in agricultural settings.

Participation of PGRs also enhances understanding of current post-graduate research activity across the Faculty and promotes inter-faculty communication and research networks, providing students with the opportunity to support like-minded colleagues. The conference develops researching skills crucial to presenting, writing, poster preparation and communicating research to an audience.