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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.


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The facilities event in Birmingham

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The Facilities Event delivers a powerful combination of senior decision makers and purchase influencers from across the UK’s industrial, commercial and public sectors. Gijs Groen, sales manager of Bird Control Group went to the event and met a lot of influencers from big companies in UK such as Mercedes, IKEA, Tesco. They all have their challenges and issues with mammals around their buildings. Mammal problems cause a lot of financial losses, health and safety risks. Gijs Groen presented to the visitors the EU Life Laser Fence project that Bird Control Group is working on. He showed them photo and video materials and directed the visitors to the website of EU Life Laser Fence.

 


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LIFE LaserFence Project – the focus on rats!

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By Dave Parish, GWCT Head of Scottish Lowland Research

The LIFE funded Laser Fence project is testing a novel laser system for potential use as a deterrent for pest species of mammals. This is based on the existing laser which is manufactured by Bird Control Group as a bird scaring device, for which it is very effective. This currently offers managers a non-lethal, automated means of keeping pest birds away from vulnerable crops, or potentially dangerous areas such as runways, but is untested on mammals.

Rats feeding at one of the bait sites, prior to LaserFence deployment

At the Game and Wildlife Scottish Demonstration Farm, we have been designing trials to look at a number of species to the LaserFence system, including rabbits, deer and predatory species, but we are now in a position to formally test this on rats. This is a key species for the project because there is a push to reduce rodenticide use across Europe, so if LaserFence can deter rats from designated areas, it may offer an alternative to poisons in some circumstances. This in turn could help reduce accidental poisoning of non-target species and contamination of the food-chain, which can then harm predatory species.

The site for LaserFence trials on rats at GWSDF. A solar panel, which powers the device via a battery, can be seen in the foreground

These trials will be conducted within two disused buildings which have been fenced-off to keep people out, but which are being used by the local rats. We have been monitoring small piles of grain for a couple of weeks now to quantify rat activity in these areas and will shortly be turning the lasers on. If they work, we hope to record a significant drop in activity within the buildings.

 


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Second video Laser Fence

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IRIS publishes the second part of a series of videos about the trips made in October to Scotland, England, The Netherlands and Spain for Laser Fence. You can watch it below.