Hello, Ive had two very large ponds for about twenty years now. Ive got dogs so Ive never really had much bother with cats in the garden. One pond holds my very big fish, the younger in the other. I have just been making the pond for the younger fish bigger so the netting was not over the pond. This morning to my horror I found about 15 maybe more of my young fish gone. Thay were about 6ins long some were larger. Can a Herron take this many fish in the early hours of one mornimg. My garden is very secure, and I can't see how anyone could get in to steal my fish without my dogs hearing them.
Hi Tamianth, Ive just sat up all night at the window incase someone was stealing my fish, and sure enough 5am the biggest heron Ive ever seen come out of nowhere straight into my pond. Now he's had a taste of my fish will netting alone stop him ?
from wot i have seen of my next door when this happened to them. the herron won't stop coming till there's nothing left to come for. Unless you scare him away. I sure there are way to stop them. so you may have to search around to find them.
Hello there Goodness you must have been shattered staying up all night, but at least you found out who the culprit was not nice losing fish at the best of times but to think they have been eaten by a heron so sad they are magnificent birds but can be a nightmare to pond lovers and can wipe out a pond in no time best get that net back on asp and hopefully our pondies can give you some tips on the best way to scare them off
On top of netting, you can also try stringing strong fishing lines zigzag across the pond. If the heron can't find a solid footing, it will be less inclined to go hunting. Installing sensor (spot)lights might be another option. Also provide hidding places for the fish. Decent lengths of PVC drain pipes will give them some shelter in case of emergency. Good luck!
Beautiful birds arent they and big? A net will stop the heron PROVIDING it is on a frame work, taut, more than a beak's length clear of the water and of fine enough mesh to stop the heron's head going through.
If fine mesh and slack it will still be able to snatch, injury or spear fish but may not be able to get them past the net.
I speak from experience
If it can fish from the side, it will do that as well so you need to block side entry too.
Question, did yours actually land straight into the pond? If so I think it is probably the same bird and it knows your pond, normally they are VERY wary and wade in. They are also night time fishers, my neighbour spooked one at 2am.