This is Crap

I am on the last mooring


it is like a night club for the birds


not sure what to do about them



This is about Dylan Winter's Blog, Sailing around Britain.

14 Responses to “This is Crap”

  1. 26 April, 2017 at 7:46 pmewan says:

    You need a plastic owl on the boom !

  2. 26 April, 2017 at 8:02 pmPatrick says:

    A couple of lengths of light line, which you string up from mast to stern rail (under the boom worked best for me). Tie on festoons of old VHS tape every foot or so along the lengths – the tape flutters in the breeze and keeps the birds away. Total cost approximately zero. Worked for me when I had an infestation of wagtails..!

  3. 26 April, 2017 at 8:11 pmjack says:

    Fly a kite hawk ( check out ebay)? Worked for me as long as there’s wind. Do you get or have wind?

  4. 26 April, 2017 at 8:51 pmEuan Mckenzie says:

    Low profile cockpit cover from edge of spray hood to rear . Use tarp to form a tube tent with eyes to secure with bungees. Wind shouldn’t be an issue if the boat swings to the wind

  5. 26 April, 2017 at 10:03 pmJason Beall says:

    Don’t use carrier bags as a deterrent. They blow off and pollute the environment.

  6. 27 April, 2017 at 6:31 pmkeith lewis says:

    I use the bird deterrent in the form of the vibrating nylon line that gardeners use. If you keep it tight from say the mast to the end of the boom and works in the lightest of winds, and the birds hate the noise. It works on my boat, and you can pick it up from most garden centres.

    • 27 April, 2017 at 8:51 pmdylan winter says:

      I know that works Keith

      – but I would hate to spoil the acoustic up there. My neighbour had some tin foil stuff out. It worked but it was really noisy


  7. 1 May, 2017 at 1:17 pmWarren says:

    I have a customer that hangs a fake owl with large reflective eyes in his building doorway . it really stops the sparrows flying Ito his open workshop doors in the summer.
    My brother in law tried everything for his old motorboat with a cover on a mooring on Lake Erie , what finally worked was the right 2 rubber snakes positioned in just the right way on the cover. It almost completly stopped the birds landing on the cover and crapping, and they had seagulls up there too.
    Good luck
    Cheers Warren

  8. 2 May, 2017 at 10:42 pmBryanD says:

    When I worked at ICI Wilton we had plastic owls mounted on the top of the fabrication sheds which I thought was a pretty good idea until one day when I saw a bludy big heering gull stood on one. NOT GOOD, the wretched birds used to dive bomb anyone walking around below for fear we would scale the buildings and take their young from the giant roof gutters. As if?
    So check this out:
    You could easily make one using an expanding pole rod bought for £10, some wire coat hangers, a binliner and some sticky back plastic

    • 3 May, 2017 at 9:32 amdylan winter says:

      one local has a plastic bottle hanging on a halyard – not sure if it works. I am hoping that when more boats arrive on the river then the birds will roost somewhere else.

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