May 23, 2024

Tasmanian Vineyard Successfully Implements AVIX Autonomic Laser Bird Deterrent, Eliminating Costly Bird Netting

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LocationBellbrook Vineyard in Swansea, Tasmania Australia
Application contextVineyard
Problem definitionPest pressure from birds and difficult implementation of bird netting
Pest bird speciesStarlings, Jays, Parrots, and Ravens
Time of year with bird presenceJanuary–April
Time of day with bird presenceSunrise to sunset
Laser projection area27ha.
In use since2020
No. of systems8
Bird behaviorForaging, perching

The versatility of the AVIX laser technology optimizes bird control efforts while minimizing operational disruptions during harvest.

Bellbrook Vineyard in Tasmania used to experience significant challenges due to pest pressure from crows, black jays, and parrots. Notably, the vineyard abstained from using traditional netting methods due to logistical issues, such as late deliveries of nets, and concerns about environmental impact, particularly regarding the use of microplastics.

They were first introduced to the AVIX Autonomic Laser Bird Deterrent in 2020 when they made contact with Michelle Kerr from Bird Beam Laser Bird Control System. The cutting-edge system stemmed from the inadequacies of netting solutions. 

According to Vineyard Manager Jay Dylan, installing netting over the vineyard is a labor-intensive process that takes nearly a week. Instead, with laser technology, the vineyard can save on labor costs, diesel consumption, and the need for a dedicated crew to manage netting operations.

One of the main benefits is the versatility of laser technology, which enables it to concentrate on regions with higher pest pressure by varying the lasers’ speed and concentration. This flexibility enables the vineyard to optimize pest control efforts while minimizing operational disruptions during harvest.

With the AVIX Autonomic Laser Bird Deterrent, Jay is able to target specific grape varieties. By selectively deploying lasers on certain grape varieties, such as charrasse and sav blanc, after other varieties have been harvested, they can effectively manage pest pressure without affecting the entire vineyard.

Despite initial skepticism, Jay recommends laser technology to other vineyards facing similar challenges, believing it to be a worthwhile investment based on their positive experience.

Bird Control Group’s automated laser bird repellent provides 24/7 protection from wild birds by shining a green laser light in the area affected by the problem. Get in touch via the form below if you are interested in learning more.

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