Local councils have been in touch to remind farmers to take care and abide by the NFU’s Bird Scarers’ Code of Practice when using audible bird scaring devices (bangers).
The main issues that seem to be a problem are:
- Multiple scarers in a small area used by different farmers: it sounds like “the battle of Waterloo” was one analogy, recently
- Audible scarers used antisocially, ie in the dark when pigeons have gone to roost anyway
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Remember that audible scarers are just one way to keep pigeons from your crops: alternative methods of scaring pigeons should be considered too, especially near to domestic dwellings.
Member of the public? Visit our Countryside pages to find out how British farmers use bird scarers.