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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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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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IRIS is able to graphically document the reaction of several roe deer to the Handheld Laser.

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Last July 7th, Santi (IRIS) and Nacho (Volterra), after many failed attempts in the last months, managed to record on video, the reaction of several roe deer to the Laser Fence system. The success of this event is threefold:

– It has been clearly documented, through a video produced by IRIS for the project partners, how these mammals react to the laser. On other occasions, the presence of the IRIS team involved an external agent that could influence the animal’s behaviour. In this case, the recording was successfully made at a distance of 700m.

– Simultaneously, it has been possible to take pictures with the animals’ drone and it has been decisive in the search for the animals.

– The effect of the drone’s noise when flying on the animals has been proven.

The success of the test lies in the selection of the work area by Nacho: San Martín de Humada (Burgos). On the other hand, the time, 6:00 a.m., was also a relevant element: the laser beam was visible at more than 1 km and it is the time when these animals graze in the agricultural plots near the forests.

 


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Trials in Fresno de Rodilla, Burgos June 25 and 26

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On 25 and 26 of June, Volterra team travelled to Fresno de Rodilla, in Burgos, to carry out trials with the handheld  laser in an area with abundant presence of roe deer and close to a road. Due to the high temperature of these days, there was not a large presence of animals.