31 August 2001

Banging on over bird bother

PREVENTING birds eating crops has taxed the inventive minds of generations but few, if any, could claim 100% success. Bearing in mind hungry birds are going to eat regardless of any intrusion – loud, flapping or otherwise, the object of the exercise would appear to be to ensure they eat somebody elses crop.

The latest contender to join this ever lengthening list of gadgets designed to encourage birds to take a more slimline and perhaps selective approach to their dietary input, comes from Michael Williams.

Called the Bangalore 2000, it is the result of three years of "exhaustive" field trials, says the manufacturer.

A combination of propane gas and battery power, and weighing in at just 8kg, bang intervals can be programmed in half-hour modules.

For example, three, six or nine bangs can be set in the first half-hour and then, in the next half-hour only one or, at night time none at all. It keeps the birds guessing, says Michael Williams.

Time and nerves can also be preserved by using a test button to check that all is well, which avoids having to wait around for the next programmed explosion.

And when the battery runs down the programme is retained in the units memory. At this point users of earlier, less sophisticated gas-powered birdscarers will be relieved to know that the bangs stop – all night.

Price of the Bangalore 2000 – a multi-shot option – is £249. &#42