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Protection against birds

There is nothing more frustrating than losing a crop to birds after all the time and hard work you have invested in it. They seem to know when fruit is ready before anyone else, so it is worth taking precautions against attack.

You will need:

Netting, Pop-up Cover, Chicken Wire, CDs

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Difficulty: 1 / 5

A roll of netting is vital if you realise a crop is in danger. Simply lay it over the plants and secure it in place with clothes pegs.

For a single plant or a short row, a pop-up cover is ideal. These fold flat and pack away when not in use.

For a larger area, it is worth using chicken wire and canes to construct a cage with netting over the top.

Old CDs are useful to scare birds as the sun catches them and they shine. Birds are always alert to attack as they feed, so anything that disturbs them can be used to protect your plants.

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Protecting Containers
Difficulty: 1 / 5
You'll need: Bubble-wrap, String, Newspaper, Plastic-bag

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Difficulty: 1 / 5
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Making a Bird Feeder
Difficulty: 2 / 5
You'll need: Plastic bottle, Scissors, Marker Pen, Thin Cane, Wire, Gravel, Bird Seed

Protecting a Climber
Difficulty: 4 / 5
You'll need: Drill

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