Auditory bird scarers use noise to keep birds off crops. They can range from propane powered guns which go off with a loud explosion, to devices that imitate the call of predators. Bird scarers are essential to protect certain crops. However, if used thoughtlessly, they can annoy and disturb neighbours.
If you are a farmer or landowner and you use bird scarers on your land, please take a minute to register them using the form below. This will help us to build a detailed picture of how and where scarers are being used in the borough.
Bird scarers are not illegal, however they should be used within the accepted guidelines. When dealing with complaints relating to bird scarers, our Environmental Health team follow the advice contained within the National Farmers Union Bird Scarer Code of Practice.
If you’re troubled by a neighbouring bird scarer tell us about it by completing our online noise complaint form. Please try to provide details of the exact location of the scarer and name of the person who is responsible for the land.