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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Replication in two farms in the province of Cádiz (Spain)

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Following the established schedule, in the month of July we have begun with the expansion of the areas where we currently working with the laser and we have started the trials in two more farms in the province of Cádiz, “El Chorreadero” in the municipality of San José del Valle, and “Torremesa” in Chipiona.

The cultivation of table grapes in the area of ​​Rota, Chipiona and Sanlúcar has acquired great importance in recent years, and struggle against one of its greatest dangers such as small passerine birds is quiet important for us. The results obtained have been really encouraging, especially with sparrows, one of the most harmful small birds in the area. The objective of this extension is none other than to continue carrying out tests that demonstrate the positive reaction or not of the different animals to this system.

 


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The IRIS-VOLTERRA team is continuing its tests and demonstrations in Spain, this time in Burgos.

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On July 18, 2018, following the progress of the last few months, IRIS continued its tests with the Handheld Laser provided by BCG. With these flights, the aim is twofold: on the one hand, to test the handheld laser system in as many different contexts and animals as possible and, on the other, to show the system to as many potential users as possible.

In the farm selected in Burgos by Volterra, we can observe the influence of the laser on rabbits and roe deer. As the area is not very wooded and has flat vegetation, it is easier to make observations.

Although the interest of the different farmers is very high, especially seeing the good results in birds, the same is not true for mammals (rabbit, wild boar and roe deer). In the latter case, the current configuration, which will be improved in the coming months, is not fully effective.


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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.