Land’s End Lake Spat Underlines Offsite Bird Risks

Controversy surrounds a lake in Cornwall, UK which was built without proper permissions, The Telegraph reported recently. One of the staunchest opponents is nearby Land’s End Airport. The owner of the land has applied for permission retrospectively, making it an open question as to whether the lake will stay or go. It certainly has no […]

How Birds Respond to Distress Calls

Using natural distress calls is a powerful way to disperse birds and keep them away. Scarecrow Group Ltd has built its 40-year reputation on the success of bio-acoustic bird control, after all. But not all birds will just flee immediately upon hearing a member of their species in distress. Effective bird control requires an understanding […]

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Keeping Birds Away from Water Bodies

Water bodies are a powerful factor in attracting birds to a site. This can be a problem for facilities such as airports and wind farms, where birds might be a danger, be in danger, or simply present a nuisance, making proper bird control essential. Ponds, lakes, water-filled pits from past earthworks, and even drainage ditches […]

What Makes a Bio-acoustic Bird Detection System So Effective?

Birds pose a significant danger at airports, creating potential hazards for aviation safety. The presence of birds near runways and in flight paths can lead to bird strikes, where aircraft collide with these animals during take-off or landing. These incidents may result in damage to the aircraft’s engines, wings or other critical components, jeopardising the […]

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Prestigious ISO accreditations give Scarecrow a major boost

In today’s global marketplace, businesses are constantly striving to enhance their credibility, efficiency and quality. One way to achieve this is by obtaining ISO accreditation. ISO, or the International Organisation for Standardisation, sets the standard for quality management systems that are recognised worldwide. Gaining ISO accreditation is not only a testament to our company’s commitment […]

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Bird control on wind farms is a challenging prospect

Bird control is an all too familiar issue in airports, of course, and in marinas, at leisure parks and on agricultural land, but many people don’t associate it with wind farms. The truth is, however, that effective bird control is fast becoming a must-have for many site owners. Our avian population has learned to cope […]

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The importance of pest control in and around airports

Every airport in the UK and beyond will have their own specific pest control strategy, and it will undoubtedly be one that has to fit in with the very unique demands of a busy facility that, in most cases, plays host to thousands and thousands of passengers every day. If you think the pest control […]

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Unique bird control issues faced on offshore oil and gas platforms

Here at Scarecrow, our range of bird dispersal and bird control equipment is used in a wide variety of locations, including airports, marinas, farms and leisure parks, and each of these facilities provides a unique set of challenges to our products and their end users. Of course, something that works particularly well in one place […]

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How to avoid issues with birds and al fresco dining

There are times in the summer when nothing quite matches an outside meal enjoyed with friends or family, especially when the sun is shining and the skies are blue. In recent years, however, we seem to have become increasingly aware of problems caused by birds in a number of retail settings. Restaurants that offer external […]

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The science behind bird dispersal equipment

There are a number of important variables involved when employing bird dispersal equipment in and around airports. They can include the species of bird involved, the size of the facility, the behaviour of the local wildlife, the availability of a food source and the number of flights that are handled on a daily basis. After […]

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Four ways to provide improved protection at your airport

Ask most people in the street about protecting an airport, and the chances are they will be thinking in terms of improving security measures at the check-in desk. While this is of course a hugely important process in all airport facilities, there are many other areas in which protection is a must. For those who […]

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Smart technologies could change the way we make airports safer

While the likelihood of bird strikes at an airport are slim, there’s no denying the fact that they can and do happen. Those who are tasked with reducing the presence of birds and other wildlife on and near runways know that the job itself is seemingly never-ending, and that fresh challenges can arise at any […]

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The world’s largest airport… not an easy thing to define

If you ask a hundred people what the highest mountain in the world might be, at least 90 of them would say Mount Everest. But ask those same individuals about the largest airport on the planet and you might get a number of different answers. The reason for this is simple: how on earth do […]

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Keeping boats free from the curse of bird faeces

On a warm summer’s day, there are few sights more picturesque than a packed marina. Boats shimmer in the sunshine, bobbing gently away on a calm, blue sea. No wonder these places are so popular. It’s worth taking a more detailed look, however, because in many cases the close-ups don’t match the overall view. Significant […]

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Keeping birds and wind turbines apart can be complex

As a general rule, it’s not easy to trust the statistics about birds and wind turbines. Various websites will tell you that hundreds of thousands of birds are killed each year by turbines, while other sites will say that hardly any are. Until we see reliable data from an independent source, it’s perhaps best to […]

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How monitoring keeps you ahead of the game

The secret to success can be any one of a number of things, depending on a variety of circumstances. While a hundred different experts may give you a hundred different opinions, many of them will point to the importance of staying ahead of the game. Knowing what issues and problems may be about to hover […]

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Keeping airports safe for every user

If you were to Google the words ‘increase safety awareness in airports’, you will be met with a list of web pages offering advice and opinions on security issues, as well as safety advice for travellers. For those who work in the industry, there’s more to safety than this, of course. If you happen to […]

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Don’t let birds become a nuisance on offshore platforms

Oil and gas platforms are a particularly tempting location for sea birds, as they provide opportunities to rest and sometimes, if left unchecked, to roost as well. The relative lack of disturbance from predators is a major draw, as is the often plentiful supply of food options both on the platforms and in the sea.   […]

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How to keep your airport safe

Airport managers, irrespective of where they are located or the size of airport they manage, are always under pressure to make sure all the right boxes are ticked. This can potentially cover everything from ensuring staff levels are maintained to negotiating with airline companies in order to allocate runway slots. In most cases, the regular […]

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Keeping birds at bay on oil and gas platforms

The occasional bird visiting an offshore oil or gas platform may seem like a relatively minor issue for those who work there, but this is far from the truth in most instances. Inevitably, one bird will lead to several more in a short space of time, and before too long managers and employees are facing […]