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Message 13 of 13
Posted by member Joanna Bryant on Wednesday 28 October 2020

We bought a Daddy long legs for our Hardy 20 and it works a treat. We are on a swinging mooring very near a bird nature reserve so we needed to get something that worked so I can recommend this. It’s easy to fit using the sandbag accessory which is available from Force 4 -this holds the unit in place then we used some cord to tie and secure it on the roof next to the hatch.

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Message 12 of 13
Posted by member Clive ffitch on Saturday 27 June 2020

We have a gullsweep on the wheelhouse roof on an ali bracket that part covers the canopy on our FP, which seems to have been very effective over past few years.

However, we now have a mooring very close to a fishing boat that is great, does attract a gull or two. We tried green plastic snakes, and did seem to work - one on the cabin roof and one one wheelhouse roof. One did disappear though near end of last year, and can only assume said gull-theif was fairly disgusted with its catch!

Some boats nearby have also successfully used bunting. We trialed it at end of last year, and did seem successful. We will be using snakes (secured) plus bunting this year when finally (hopefully!) get back on our mooring. Gullsweep still there doing its job when when allows...

Good luck!

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Message 11 of 13
Posted by member Richard Stewart on Wednesday 24 June 2020

* Hi,
I run a bird control business and we have found the daddy long legs to work really well.
Spider-shaped circular deterrent
Commercial product used by our own installation teams
Ideal for large industrial roof areas, street lighting, flat roofs and dormers
Freely rotating, removable head
Stainless steel construction for long service life
Available in 1.25m, 1.8m and 2.5m diameters.

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Message 10 of 13
Posted by member Nick Askham on Tuesday 23 June 2020

Thanks everyone for your comments and suggestions. I am initially going to try one of the tape suggestions before resorting to something more costly.
Regards and thanks,
Nick Askham.

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Message 9 of 13
Posted by member Roger Thorley on Tuesday 23 June 2020

I bought the thin (width tape) it appears to work, you get loads to replace , ideal small boat I have on 32, I don’t notice the noise .... it could be a frequency thing ... or I’m deaf !

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Message 8 of 13
Posted by member Peter Cox on Monday 22 June 2020

Try Googling 'humming wire' but note it is very annoying for neighbours, or for you if sleeping on board.

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Message 7 of 13
Posted by member Nick Askham on Sunday 21 June 2020

Many thanks for all the suggestions. I am presently looking at all the options but would particularly like to ask Roger Thorley about the whistling tape, I would appreciate a bit more of a description and where to get it from.
Many thanks to all who replied.

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Posted by member Robert Sneddon on Sunday 14 June 2020

Hi Nick
I use a gullsweep and it’s brilliant for keeping the birds off. Used it for years. Only thing is it’s not allowed in some marinas as it can be quite noisy when there is a fair wind blowing as the vanes flick from side to side and of course doesn’t spin if there is no wind.
They may have made some changes to it over the years since I purchased mine. Worth checking it out though.

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Message 5 of 13
Posted by member Roger Thorley on Sunday 14 June 2020

Cheapest is a roll of whistling tape.
I bought green snakes didn’t work I’m afraid.
Best of luck

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Message 4 of 13
Posted by member Rob on Sunday 14 June 2020

Try www.scaregull.com
It worked for me straight away on a Navigator.
I never had them paying their respects after that.
You can also buy it on Amazon and eBay.
Hope this helps.

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Message 3 of 13
Posted by member Nick Askham on Sunday 14 June 2020

Thanks Mick - I had heard of the rubber snake idea before but thought that it was mainly to deter seagulls; does your's work for other birds?
Thanks, Nick.

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Message 2 of 13
Posted by member Mick Patrick on Sunday 14 June 2020

I bought a rubber snake and put it on the cabin top. so far so good.

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Posted by member Nick Askham on Sunday 14 June 2020

In my marina there is a lovely little Pied Wagtail that hops from boat to boat singing his lovely little song. Alas, as well as singing his head off he is also leaving his "calling card" on every boat he visits including my Hardy Pilot. Having just had the canopy off and given it a good scrub, you can imagine my annoyance of finding a veritable pile of droppings just below my aerial; in fact the little blighter was sitting there when I arrived on Friday.
I've removed the aerial, it's not connected to anything as it happens, but I'm sure that won't be the end of it. If anyone can suggest some kind of deterrant then I'd be most grateful.

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