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New videos of animals response to the laser

Liverpool Jhon Moore University records the reaction of a fox to the handheld laser

 

LMJU University continue with their handheld laser trials.

While badgers were the focus of this experiment, they were not the only animals to cross the laser’s path. Here we can see the handheld system successfully encouraging a fox to move away from an open area. This is promising as it shows the laser’s potential to be used in encouraging larger mammals to move.


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External and Internal trial update

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Alex Moore and Martin Sharp from the Liverpool John Moore University provided a summary of the trials, with photos of:

– Internal trial (combine shed)

-external trial (shed 2)

-badger trial

 

 


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Control de plagas y uso de tecnologías

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Las encuestas para socios y stakeholders todavía están abiertas

El proyecto EU LIFE Laser Fence está compilando información sobre el conocimiento e interés que las partes interesadas y potenciales socios tienen sobre el control de plagas y el uso de la Tecnología Laser Fence. Nuestra encuesta todavía está abierta y queremos saber de ti!

 

A la izquierda: El equipo observa la respuesta de las ardillas al Agrisaler.

Abajo: Imagen de una de nuestras áreas demostrativas en Reino Unido.


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BCG last visit to Wölferlingen

After a couple of months of partial lockdown in the Netherlands due to COVID-19, Field Engineer Jan Karssies of Bird Control Group was finally able to do his last maintenance visit of the LIFE Laser Fence test site in Wölferlingen, Germany. Not having visited the site for almost three months, he found the installed wild trap cameras to have captured about 60 GB of data in 1400 new video clips. These video files will be analysed in the following weeks, to look for any interaction between animal and laser.

The trial was intended to end in the beginning of April. Since an equipment pick-up was not possible at the time due to the Corona pandemic, the laser has simply been switched off by the local land owner, but the cameras remained switched on. Analysing the footage might therefore show an increase in animal activity over the last two months, gaining some more insight in their reaction to the laser equipment. According to the landowner however, a lack of increased activity might also be addressed to larger crops in the field, which makes it a less attractive area for deer to wander.

Three of the most interesting videos seen over the past years can be seen below.:

1.One shows a beautiful shot of a fox, roaming through the snow. Link to video

2A second one shows one of the most interesting ones for the project: it shows both a deer and a laser, even with a possible reaction from the deer. Link to video

3. The third one is simply a very funny one, in which a deer clearly gets startled, albeit not by one of the laser. Link to video

Really interesting to see how nature is reacting to this pandemia!