Cutting-edge auditory technology developed in America could be used to help farmers experiencing problems with starling murmurations, thanks to efforts at the University of Exeter.
These huge gatherings of birds can take large amounts of livestock feed, raise farmers’ costs, reduce their milk yields and present hygiene and biosecurity challenges.
But the team at the Penryn campus in Cornwall, using equipment and methods that are harmless to the birds, are researching how to stop them congregating around specific sites.
Murmurations are an amazing spectacle enjoyed by nature-lovers, so the aim is merely to discourage them from selected, specific spots where they cause most issues to hard-pressed farmers.
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