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Gijs Groen’s visit to PestFix for Exhibition PPC Live

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Gijs Groen, Sales Manager of Bird Control Group participated in the exhibition, PPC Live for pest controllers in the UK. PPC Live is one of the most popular pest control events in the UK. It includes indoor seminar programmes and outdoor demonstrations of the devices. Over 65 exhibitors presented their latest products and innovations in the industry. Gijs went to the exhibition with our UK pest control distributor – PestFix. He informed the pest controllers on the updates from the Life Laser Fence project that Bird Control Group is involved in and shared the progress made at the test site by BCG. He shared that the laser is operating, wild-cameras are logging the progress and the location houses a lot of wild boars, deer, foxes, rabbits and some common bird species. The visitors were very interested in the results and they shared their own ideas on how they control rodent animals.

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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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IRIS publishes the video of the visit to the Bickley Hall Farm (United Kingdom)

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IRIS  publishes the video of the visit to the second area scheduled for the trip to the United Kingdom, the Bickley Hall Farm, in Malpas, south of Liverpool on October 25 of last year. You can see the video of the visit below.




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Notice boards for dissemination of Laser Fence

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Volterra has designed the notice boards which are a valuable tool to disseminate information about the project to indirect stakeholders and the wider public.

At five of the six trial sites the partners have placed a notice board with a description of the project in Spanish and English. Additionally, two project partners have placed a smaller sized copy (A3) of the notice board at their office in their respective working languages.

A pdf version of the notice boards is available through our download section.

Below you can see the installation of notice boards at our partners´ facilities and trial sites.


Fig.1 : Small notice board at Volterra’s facilities.

Fig.2 : Small notice board at IRIS’ facilities.

Fig.3 : Notice board at Cucanoche

Fig.4 : Notice board at Cuarterola

Fig.5 : Notice board at Aboyne

Fig.6 : Notice board at Wölferlingen.

Fig.7 : Notice board at Malpas.