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Bird Netting - be aware

As I still haven't managed to make a proper fruit cage this year, I bought some fine black plastic netting from our local garden centre to cover my summer raspberries that were being eaten by birds.

On checking the row this afternoon I was horrified to find a young hen blackbird caught in the mesh tight around her neck. I managed to snip the mesh away and put her under nearby bushes where I was relieved to see she was later foraging. I don't know how long she'd been there but If I hadn't checked today it could have been a very different story.


THEREFORE.... if you are using this fine plastic mesh please be aware it can be a lethal trap for birds and check it regularly.

I for one won't be using this stuff again and will look for a heavier knotted net for fruit coverage.


Steve





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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 17,504
    edited July 2018
    Yes, sadly I once found a garotted robin caught in some of this stuff.

    I have never used it since.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
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  • FireFire LondonPosts: 7,173
    Yes, I think that keeping it as tight as you can - taut - is the way.
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