Author Archives: Volterra

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SCM at Moron de la frontera

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On 2oth of March, the consortium met at the Cuarterola facilities in the El Fontanal farm (Moron de la frontera) for the Steering Committee Meeting. Discussions regarding the last improvements in the laser technology and the most recent trials were carried out in order to evaluate the best strategy for the project development. Another very important topic discussed during the meeting were the foreseen replication activities, where the laser will be tested with different animals in different environments.


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EU Life Laser Fence test field

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Employees of Bird Control Group including David van der Wal, Field Engineer and Joep Everaers, Project Manager of EU Life Laser Fence from Bird Control Group made a trip to the test field of the project in Wölferlingen, Germany on February 14. David and Joep visited the owner of the field and installed there one Life Laser Fence prototype with a few cameras attached to it. The cameras are meant to monitor the effect of the laser on wild boars. The cameras are set up in the way that they take a picture of the field every minute. It is planned that in a few weeks the project team of Bird Control Group will be able to gather reliable data from the camera monitoring based on activities and behavior of wild boars.


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LJMU’s collaboration ScuriousLIFE continues

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LJMU’s collaboration with Craig Shuttleworth (Bangor University) of the Life project ScuriousLIFE (Sciuriosity – Evolving IAS grey squirrel management techniques in the UK, LIFE14 NAT/UK/000467) continues.

The first phase of grey squirrel trials at Welsh Mountain Zoo are now complete and the team are focusing on other test sites, but the collaboration and useful discussions with Craig continue. The team have appreciated Craig’s expertise supporting the data analysis being carried out at LJMU.

LJMU have been invited to a dissemination event along with ScuriousLIFE in March 2019.


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Event at Vakbeurs Facilitair, Utrecht

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A lot of facilities in the world experience animal nuisance. A lot of problems with animals can cause loss of resources, cause hygiene or safety issues or can damage facilities. Bird Control Group nowadays networks not only with agriculturists, but also with facility managers. Facilities that for example store grain or other food, can possibly attract a lot of animals.

Joep Everaers, Project manager at BCG for the LIFE Laser Fence project together with Sales and Customer support colleagues, Corné Sweep, Karlijn Eelvelt and Lisette van der Knaap, participated in the event dedicated to the facility managers – Vakbeurs Facilitair in Utrecht.  The event is organized to help facility managers to network, learn about new facility products and find solutions to the problems that they might experience at the site for example pest nuisance. Bird Control Group’s team spoke with facility managers and pest controllers that have animal issues on their rooftops, parking places and food storages. These facility managers experienced nuisance from all kinds of pest species such as rats, mice and birds. When the team of Bird Control Group presented the visitors a solution to repel birds and possibly pest animals in the future with the laser bird repellent, they were very enthusiastic to have such system themselves. Some other pest control companies present at the show were not aware of the LIFE Laser Fence project and are waiting to hear more about innovative products to prevent animals from intruding their facilities.

 

Bird Control Group Stand

LIFE Laser Fence Roll-up at the event