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Phlorum uses hawk kite as bird scarer at start of nesting season

Published on by Dr Paul Beckett

Phlorum has been busy this year assisting several clients who need to remove vegetation from their sites before birds start nesting. It’s always a rush at the start of the season to ensure vegetation is cleared without risking harm to nesting birds.
There are many methods ecologists can use to achieve this, including:

  • installing reflective tape over the site;
  • tying up CDs to make light reflecting wind-chimes;
  • flying a hawk kite;
  • playing recorded sounds of distressed birds; and
  • hiring a local falconer to fly birds of prey across the site.

Phlorum has used all of these depending on the site circumstances, with sometimes limited and other times great success!

About the author: Dr Paul Beckett

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Dr Paul Beckett is one of the UK’s leading experts in Japanese knotweed and is a member of the Expert Witness Institute. He regularly provides Japanese knotweed expert witness services. He helped produce the RICS knotweed guidance for surveyors and was integral in the formation of the Property Care Association (PCA) Invasive Weed Control Group (IWCG).

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