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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.

 

 


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Beral/Cylteff in Zamora will do trials with the handheld laser

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Pedro Alonso from Beral Ingenierias and from grain producing company Cylteff will be experimenting with the handheld laser to control birds and rodent animals around and inside the grain storage. Pedro is happy to collaborate with Life project Laser Fence since he has experience with Life in the projects ‘Crops for Better Soil’ and ‘Operation CO2’.

Pedro hopes to report soon on his findings and he will fill in the usual log sheets of the projects. If the system works he might have to consider installing the Autonomic system in Cylteff. He expects that the traditional Agrilaser of BCG could do the job.

 

 


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Volterra helps to collect more data on the reaction of rabbits

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The members of the experimental design workgroup would like to receive more data on the reaction of rabbits to the laser with the green light, Volterra is doing trials with the handheld laser with  farmers in the surroundings of their office in Palencia. Farmer Enrique in Soto de Cerrato and Venta de Baños is almost desperate because the rabbits are destroying the irrigated crops this year. Due to the drought last autumn and winter, the animals have no other place to eat than on cropland.

We used the car and its lights to get as close as possible to the rabbits in the fields. Since this was done very carefully only very few rabbits were scared away by the car. From the car it was easy to reach the direct surroundings of the animals. As seen in previous sessions, only very few saw the laser and reacted to it running away but most of them frosted when the laser approached. We filled in the log forms prepared by BCG to enable the workgroup to give comments in the next meeting by skype.


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Volterra promotes Laser Fence Project to key players in the farm industry in Spain

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Sven Kallen and Egbert Sonneveld were invited to the event ‘challenges and opportunities in application of technology on farm land’ in Carmona on last October 6th. They got the opportunity to present the Life Laser Fence project and especially Agrilaser Handheld and Autonomic to Fran Gálvez, Managing Director of Galpagro and to Pedro Palazón, Technical Director of Ideagro. Both are agricultural consultancy companies very much into sustainable solutions on the farm. Galpagro works close together with project partner Angel Camacho group who was invited as well but finally could not attend.

Both Ideagro and Galpagro expressed that they are looking forward to see the positive results of the project in Cucanoche, Cuarterola and Eolo Arroz. They confirmed that wild life, both mammals and birds, are a problem for today’s agriculture. Probably the animals can be directed to areas where they are less harmful.