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    Hi guys
    Firstly this was my first crop of Redcurrants and Blackrcurrants and they where ripe ready for picking. As i opend the door i saw a flutter of wings and feathers. As i came closer i had seen the birds had munched! every last berry. I am growing beans and other crops in my garden and i want these birds away. I have tried old cd's and bird repellent but to no avail.

    So i am calling on you grapes to give me your best tactic on scaring these birds EEK!
    Dont judge a plant by it's pot.

  • #2
    Big whirly windmill thingys shaped like bees, and ladybirds. Streamers ( made from strips of carrier bags) tied to things but my favourite is sammy the snake. A rubber snake inherited with our plot. Try rubber spiders as well I read that birds don't like them. But you have to move stuff around else they just get brave and stick their wing up at you.
    S*d the housework I have a lottie to dig
    a batch of jam is always an act of creation ..Christine Ferber

    You can't beat a bit of garden porn


    • #3
      Netting is the only foolproof way to keep your fruit from the birds. Our allotments have a variety of "bird scarers" including old CDs, streamers made from old videotapes, carrier bags, cans, etc.


      • #4
        My currants are netted just before they ripen.

        Birds don't eat beans
        All gardeners know better than other gardeners." -- Chinese Proverb.


        • #5
          I did try flying around in old biplanes with my friends and dog but we never could catch that pigeon.


          • #6
            I've taken the netting route after having my broccoli leaves ripped to shreds! Also netted my blackcurrants/strawbs as in my opinion it's the only foolproof way to stop them (so long as it's pulled taut so that it doesn't rest on your crops at all - voice of experience there ).

            Saying that though, a bullfinch had to be 'rescued' the other night after it snuck in and got itself trapped. Serves me right I suppose for not securing the edges tidily enough Learn from my mistake!


            • #7
              It isn't pigeons stripping my fruit, it's Mrs Blackbird.... She came down bold as brass when I was sitting having a brew at the allotment this morning and started pecking away at the almost ripe strawberries, about 4 ft away from the dog's nose! Cheeky! She got barked at, and flew off complaining.

              I haven't got any netting left, so I've put the wire shelves off my greenhouse shelving round the plants as a temporary measure.
              Last edited by SarzWix; 24-06-2010, 03:01 PM.


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