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How to Scare off the birds; Gardening.

Byline: Adrienne Wild

YOU may well not be the only one admiring your handiwork on the veg plot - it's likely the local bird population have their eyes on your ripening crops too.

There are many ways to keep birds at bay - from hanging CDs in among your plants, to tying strips of compost bags on canes so they flutter in the wind. But the most effective is to make a scarecrow.

Trendy garb

The more lifelike the scarecrow is, the more likely it will frighten off marauding gangs of birds. It doesn't have to look like a country bumpkin - you could give your mannequin a stylish outfit that would suit any urban garden.

But ideally, use red clothes.

Crows, blackbirds and starling see this colour as a sign of danger.

Body shape

Begin by making a T-shape frame using a wooden broom handle and, for the arms, a short stout stick about 20cm long.

Make the body by putting the shirt on the crosspiece first and pad it out with the stuffing. Straw is traditional, but old plastic bags filled with scrunched up newspaper or old tights can be just as good.

Hats off

Finally, add the crowning glory - his head. You can use a pumpkin, or make the head by stuffing a hessian bag or old pillowcase and crown it with a hat, pushing some straw underneath it with strands dangling out to look like hair.

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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion Column
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Aug 6, 2017
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