On August 23rd Egbert Sonneveld from Volterra visited the Cuarterola site of the Angel Camacho Group. He was received by Felipe Pizarro, head of production, who introduced him to Angela Cuevas from Cudema, subcontracted by the Angel Camacho, and who took over the responsibility of technical management of the Laser Fence project. The first Agrilaser Autonomic has just been installed in Cuarterola on a 7 meter high pole and with permanent power supply. The Agrilaser still needs to be programmed and should be operational within short. Egbert also offered to help with the organization of the upcoming Life Laser Fence partner meeting to be held in from November 15th to 17th in Cuarterola.
The visitors also made a round of the property with the Agrilaser Handheld so see the reaction of the animals in the middle of the day. Surprisingly a rabbit and a duck were not reacting to the laser at all even if the green spot could be clearly seen. The technical explanation by BCG was that animals in the middle of the day with maximum sun shine and temperatures far above 30°C have a totally different reaction to the laser than at dawn or dusk when they are more active and looking for food or a place to sleep.
Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) invited Joep Everaers from Bird Control Group to visit one of the locations of the EU Life Laser Fence project where the personnel tests laser to repel the different animal species. One of the locations in Europe where the Autonomic system is tested for monitoring animal behavior is the Cheshire Wildlife Trust (CWT) in Bickley. Mr. Everaers was asked to approve the safety measures and check the location and the installation patterns to guarantee safety and an effective use of the system. Together with Dr. Martin Sharp, Dr. Eduardo Cordova-Lopez and Dr. Jennifer Sneddon, Mr. Everaers made sure that the system is inspected and approved. The goal for this particular system in Bickley is to see how rabbits are reacting to the laser. This is partly done by analyzing the rabbits activity in the field with wild cameras, monitoring/measuring the grass heights and the presence of rabbit droppings. Monitoring is partly done by students from LJMU and the CWT.
Area Sales Manager, Sibylle Giraud, visited the BCG local partner Amsger and several fish farms in Wallonia, Belgium. Owners wanted to discuss what could be done to repel not only birds but also the different kind of animals which are attacking the fishes daily, for example rats; which are causing important financial loss to their exploitation. They have tried so far, many different devices, which have very often proven unsuccessful over time (acoustics) or others that are very expensive and unpractical (nets) and they were curious to find out if the laser technology could be a solution to their challenges and the research made in that field.