I have had the pond installed and running for 18 months and have so far been lucky from HEron. However on saturday morning i woke up to find the pond keepers dreaded knightmare. That bloody big bird was perched at the side of my pond. I hammered on the window and it took off. sunday morning i woke up to 3 inches of snow on the garden with paw tracks round the pond in the snow. I will upload a photograph later.
What is the best method of detering these creatures (other than an air rifle)?
Is the nylon nets good enough or will i have to go with something like chicken wire?
Wow, you're lucky to see one! I have only ever seen one in the lake district when I was about 12.
I think the heron could easily tear through the green netting, but I don't know whether it would go to the trouble to do that or not. Have you already got the nylon net installed? Has he tried breaking through it already?
You could of course get a bird scarer... but it might annoy the neighbours
Well first of all i must mention the law, herons are a protected species therefore harming or killing them is against the law.
Netting (provided the whole pond is covered) will work, the heron will see the net when flying over and will just go the next unnetted pond. However devices include sensors that spray water across an area, however these are likely not to survive the winter and if poorly placed the heron will find a place it does not cover.
Bad news about the heron. My dad lost most of his goldfish from his new pond via herons. I have researched how herons hunt and have found that they land away from the water and slowly walk to the waters edge. If there is a blockage such as a wire 12 inches high, they avoid walking further, they don't like lifting their legs high. This might be a solution. Let me know if you have any luck?
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My dad's given the taut wires a go and they seem to be working so far on his steep-sided pond but they need to be near anywhere the heron can stand - they don't perch so the wires are off putting. He had quite a few fish 'disappear' thanks to Herons but got annoyed with ugly netting.
The nylon net on our pond has deterred the herons round here surprisingly well. To the extent of one of the herons sitting on the fence looking down at the pond as if he was trying to work a plan of entry but he left with an empty gullet and did not even try to get to the fish.
Agree with Silvertip, an old country fella told me that the best thing to do is to put a 'trip wire' round the pond wherever they might be able to walk in, he said to use a few strands of fishing line.
It's a job I have to do - had to frighten off a huge heron who was n our garden first thing Saturday - and he was a determined sod, on first frightening he just flapped off a short distance and sat on someone's shed roof and then came back to perch on our fence. They are beautiful, but I would prefer they stay hungry!