Frequently Asked Questions

What is “The Hawk Bird Scarer”?

“The Hawk Bird Scarer” is a full size imitation hawk. It is moulded from tough weather-proof plastic with imitation feathered wing tips that flap when the bird is suspended.

Movement of the bird and wing tips is very realistic, resembling a hawk hovering over its prey

You will be interested to know that this simple device was originally invented to scare seagulls and cormorants (shags) off boats, yachts and wharves. Being so successful, it was quickly applied to many other situations.

Why does it work when other devices fail?

The fear of the hawk is inborn into all birds. Day old chicks straight from the egg (with only the inherent fear instinct) have died of fright at the sight of the hawk shape.

How many Hawk Bird Scarers do I need?

There is no exact formula for the number of Hawk Bird Scarers required. Every property, crop, type of bird, feeding habit, climate etc all combine to produce a different set of conditions. Where one Hawk Bird Scarer would be suitable for the domestic back garden or pleasure craft, more would be needed for a large commercial crop. In ideal conditions and when suspended from high trees, two Hawk Bird Scarers have effectively kept 2ha free of any major bird damage. More Hawk Bird Scarers are required if conditions are not ideal.

How can I increase the scaring power of my Hawk Bird Scarer? 

Firstly we suggest that if you were to move your Hawks every now and then this would help. If you have mounted them on the end of poles then all you need do is to hammer in a few more star post or steel posts around the area that you are trying to keep the birds away from and move the pipe with the scarer on the end to the new location as the birds become used to it in the one location.

You would also find that you could increase the effectiveness of your scarers if you were to use the fishing line method instead of the poles. An alternative way of using the fishing line is to string 2 parallel wires across the area approx (250 to 300mm apart) or (25 to 30cm apart) over the area that you need to protect and then put a wire hook from the head of the Hawk onto one line and 2 other wire hooks from the back of the wings onto the other line.

This method allows the Hawk to move up and down the parallel lines as the winds change direction making the Hawk look even more real. I do hope that you can use one of these suggestions to help your situation.