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Laser bird repellent trials

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Employees from Bird Control Group, Joep Everaers, Project manager for BCG in the LIFE Laser Fence project, and Loïc Jacquemin, Certified Installer, went to Wölferlingen to do an assessment of the location for the replication trials. The new location is similar to the previous one where the green automatic laser LIFE prototype is tested. Both locations are similar in vegetation, and amount and types of animals that inhabit in the area. The land owner of the new location is willing to help with assisting the Bird Control Group team where it is needed during the project.

Besides visiting the new trial location, Joep and Loïc tested different laser colors on wildlife during the night. They stayed around the location and waited for wildlife to show themselves. Whenever an animal showed up, at that moment they tried to force a reaction to the laser from the animal and record it with night vision equipment. The goal was to find out the reaction of wild animals on different laser colours. The final results will be shared later once all footage is analysed. At the same time EU Life Laser Fence researchers are working to confirm their findings from trials and experiments in 2018.

 


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PestTech Event in Milton Keynes, UK

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Our Area Sales Manager, Gijs Groen participated in PestTech, The UK’s Premier Pest Control Exhibition on the 7th of November. This exhibition is for the pest controllers. Gijs was sharing a stand with our British partner PestFix. Gijs spoke with many pest controllers about the EU Life Laser Fence project and the pest controllers were very interested in the trials we were doing. They were also highly enthusiastic about the idea itself to repel pests animals since they didn’t find any effective and long-lasting solution yet. Gijs also demonstrated our automated laser bird repellent system and how it works.

 


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New online partner meeting

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Following the schedule of monthly meetings the partners convened this morning to discuss progress and particularly the promising results of the alternative coloured lasers. Tests will be extended to Liverpool area, north-east part of Spain and to the south of Spain in the coming months.


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Field visit during Scotland SCM

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Today all participants visited the Game and Wildlife Scottish Demonstration Farm at Aboyne to see the laser setup and view the new coloured lasers prepared by BCG. These new handhelds with other spectrum colours will be tested the coming months by the Scottish team mainly on rabbits and later sent to the demo areas in Spain to be tested with other type of animals.

In one of the pictures the evidence of incredible damage these unchecked rabbit populations can do to the structure and ultimately the stability of the terrain.