BIRDS SCARING PROJECT

Be part of the largest bird scaring research project in agriculture, this autumn. We are looking for agricultural associations, farmers, drone pilots, researchers and of course financial support.

THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE BIRD-SCARING RESEARCH PROJECT

At NAUST Robotics we build on research and facts. Unfortunately, there is just simply not enough data about bird scaring devices and their effectiveness, not to mention their impact on our environment. Therefore we are currently preparing for the largest bird-scaring research project, where we will use our drone to scare off birds from a selected area for 4-6 weeks, all day, every day. This will not only prove the effectiveness of our platform, but can also provide new information on birds’ eating habits, how they adapt to danger and how a drone can affect the surrounding
fauna. Among others, the research includes:

drone scaring birds

Results after 5 weeks intensive testing.

The data Colected can be divided into two categories:

Scaring data

This data shows how the birds react to our solution. Demonstrating the effectiveness and functionality of our product.

The reaction to our drone was beyond our expectations. In almost all cases the birds left the vicinity and flew far away somewhere else. In some cases, they stayed in the area on a neighbouring field, but this happened with small flocks which are harder to scare.

After scaring the birds for around two consecutive days, they stayed away for around a week. This proves the effectiveness of our platform and the birds’ ability to learn that the field is protected.

The following graph shows a summary of all of the scaring experiments we did during the project duration.

Activity data

The following data provides a more general overview of geese behaviour in the area. 

In the beginning, we suspected that birds were more active during the morning and evening, right after sunrise and just before sunset. After the duration of this project, we have been able to prove this theory thanks to our observations.

We were also able to collect data about the weather conditions that birds fly in, and it turns out they do not fly in large winds, specifically more than 12 m/s.

We also saw that they do not fly in heavy rains. This affects our development directly as we don’t need to fly in extreme conditions.

Conclusion

Our solution has proven to be an extremely effective scaring device. Guaranteeing both immediate effects and avoiding birds to come for a few days afterwards. An Autonomous solution is required for covering the different times of the day in which the flocks come.