Devonian Coast Wineries is located in Nova Scotia, Canada. The beautiful vineyard has 25 hectares of land on which thirteen different varieties of grapes are grown in 12 fields. The winery attracts a lot of wildlife since it is the only food source in the area. The vineyard’s management’s goal is to fully prevent the crop damage caused by birds, so when they identified an innovative way to deter birds, they took decisive action.
Vineyard Manager Sven Von Kintzel advised, “We see starlings, pheasants, crows and seagulls; but we also get bigger animals such as bears, deer and raccoons on our terrain. Usually two out of five years we have a lot of bird pressure. It really depends on how harsh the winter was for them.” The winery uses many varied tools to repel grape-eating visitors. Mr. Von Kintzel stated, “We’ve got seven distress calls makers, three propane cannons, ten kites that look like hawks and eagles, eight windmills with black blades and flare pistols. It’s quite the toolbox, but birds get used to anything, so we are always on the lookout for new gadgets.”
Deter birds to protect Marquette
The Agrilaser Autonomic was placed at a location designed to cover six hectares of fine Marquette, the grape Devonian Coast Wineries use to makes one of their most popular red wines. In 2016 they had minimal grape loss on this field. However, due to the flora surrounding the vineyard, Von Kintzel can’t entirely depend on the laser. “I would never be able to stop using the other tools. Our fields are surrounded by trees and the laser can’t shine through them unfortunately.”