Karl Karl
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Herons #1
Managed to clear my pond and now have it pretty healthy. Unfortunately the clear pond has caused herons to show an interest (sat on a table examining it). Pond over 4ft 6ins deep and has straight walls so it can wade in, but bothered that it may be thinking of pecking at fish. I've wires over the top and around the sides. Any ideas other than a hideous plastic mesh. (Got one for holidays, but hate it when I'm home) I understand that my idea of wires at around 8ft over the garden might be illegal?
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Karl
IckleFish IckleFish
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Re: Herons #2
Cant you get one of those plastic herons that sticks in the ground next to the pond to deter other herons from coming into its territory?
Violet Violet
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Re: Herons #3
Plastic herons also bring real herons in when it's breeding season

Low netting is safer but I know, unsightly. It's a bit of a b**ger isn't it?
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IckleFish IckleFish
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Re: Herons #4
Quote:

violet wrote:
Plastic herons also bring real herons in when it's breeding season

Low netting is safer but I know, unsightly. It's a bit of a b**ger isn't it?


What if you get a plastic heron and then deface it so its ugly? think that would work???

Sounds like netting is the only option
Karl Karl
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Re: Herons #5
hi Folks, Even the places that sell plastic herons reckon they are no use. Looks like the only way is a physical barrier. Ordered a metal concrete reinforcement grid. 2.4mtr x 4.8mtr, going to place it over the pond in a frame, which will keep it about 7" above the water beyond pecking distance. Going to use a pulley to raise it.
A lot of work but should do the trick.
Karl
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Re: Herons #6
My experience has been that plastic animals don't work for long, and that netting and/or wires kill in horrible ways.

In my area a big problem for people with ponds and big laws are geese. The only solution is a dog. They love to chase them away, but can never catch them.