Aug-Sept Bird Control For Old Vineyard

Aug-Sept saw our first explosion of fruit on the Old Vineyard since replanting it. We decided to try an experiment in bird control using fish line. Using 2 foot poles we strung fish line across the hole of the vineyard in a crisscross pattern. We covered only the two outside rows with netting(as traditionally done) and left the rest of the vineyard open to see if fish line was a suitable deterrent for birds.

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Vines bearing fruit in old vineyard. This shows grapes at beginning of our fishline experiment. No bird damage.

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Vines bearing fruit in old vineyard. This shows grapes at beginning of our fishline experiment. Again no bird damage.

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This shows the netting we used on the two outside rows of the vineyard. Netting does a great job at protection but some fruit can still be accessed by birds if the fruit is up against the net as is shown here.

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Another show of the netting used on the two outside rows. This shows west row covered.

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Here we see the first signs of bird damage in the area covered in fish line.

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One of the poles we used to hold the fish line.

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Shot of criss cross patter of fish line we used over vine yard.

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As soon as fruit turned purple it seemed that it was attracted birds. Though the damage at this point was minimal. I was able to observe birds flying through and around fish line during the day and early morning.

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In the old vineyard we also have vines planted around the perimeter of the fence. These were not covered by netting or fish line.

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