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At Branscombe Bay in Devon thousands of seabirds are being kept out of harm’s way on and around the MSC Napoli container shipwreck. The innovative technology implemented is more usually employed in the world’s busiest airports. Developed by Scarecrow Bio-acoustic Systems Ltd ( based in Uckfield, East Sussex, the humane bird dispersal device has not only made safe the stricken Napoli for recovery workers, but also the beach where birds had continued to flock.

Back in January, the crippled ship leaked approximately 200-tonnes of oil. The RSPB reported that up to 10,000 birds may have already died and the oil ashore continues to present a threat; keeping them away from the beach, therefore, had become a priority. A proven and efficient solution was required, one that could be quickly and humanely implemented; the companies involved in Napoli’s recovery called in Scarecrow Bio-acoustic Systems Ltd.

In addition to the hazardous beach oil, another problem was the heavy concentration of bird droppings on the ship. Growing daily, surfaces were becoming slippery and many recoverable materials were in danger of corroding. The recovery workers on the vessel were faced with escalating health and safety problems. Scarecrow’s One Shot system has resolved this issue by keeping the birds away from the vessel.

Scarecrow’s bird dispersal technology works by broadcasting a digitally stored distress call of the species in question to create a ‘hostile’ environment, from which the birds promptly fly away. Many of the world’s major airports employ Scarecrow products and other recent installations include shopping centres, parks, oil and gas platforms, harbours and marinas.

Rachel Waldock, Natural England’s Dorset Conservation Officer, commenting on the recent bird activity near Napoli, said: “We have been fully involved with the Incident Environment Group and were aware of the potential for increased numbers of birds attracted to the wreck and subsequent potential for oiling in adjacent water. Protecting wildlife in all environments is our priority as is promoting public well-being. We are grateful to Scarecrow and other contractors who have all been working hard to minimise pollution and further damage to the environment.”


About Scarecrow Bio-Acoustic Systems Ltd

Based in Uckfield, East Sussex and established in 1985 by Anthony Walker, Scarecrow Bio-Acoustic Systems Ltd is the world leader in bird dispersal technology, designing and manufacturing an innovative range of high technology products that deny birds the ‘comfort zone’ where their presence would raise a public health and safety issue. By exploiting natural bird behaviour, Scarecrow products create a hostile environment and they fly off, almost instantly. Scarecrow equipment is installed all over the world, from airports where bird strike can be fatal to both passengers and aircraft to urban and rural environments.

Clients include: British Airports Authority, Royal Air Force, Italian Air Force, Royal Netherlands Navy, Belgium Air Force, Irish Air Corps, British Steel, Pfizer, Deloitte Touche, HMS Warrior, Eden Project, RNLI Headquarters, Trinity House Lighthouse/Ships, Hull Docks and Sovereign Harbour to name but a few. For a fuller client list please visit the website or contact us.

Media Contact:

Aneela Rose
Scarecrow PR
Tel: 01444 241341

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