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Prevention of damage by birds using naturally occurring stimuli (Previously PV0305) - VC0102

To use observed feeding preferences of pest birds to identify naturally occuring plant chemicals that deter birds from feeding on plants. To determine the mode of action of chemicals found to possess repellent properties. To determine molecular structures of effective chemical repellents and through computer modelling to create chemicals that present super-normal stimuli. To test the deterrent effects of naturally occuring chemicals against standards. To investigate the means by which birds can produce chemicals that counter the effects of naturally occuring plant chemical repellents. To use Woodpigeon wing bar signals in the development of a mechanical bird scarer. To synthesise aversive bird calls with extra energy in those parts of the call conveying aversive information. To identify appropriate net sizes and materials to protect fish farms from Herons, ensuring that the nets cause no harm to Herons or other wildlife.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1993

To: 1995

Cost: £517,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Central Science Laboratory
Fields of Study
Wildlife Management