Audible Bird Scarers

The use of audible bird scarers is common across Winchester's District, especially in the early months of the year to protect rape fields from serious pigeon damage. If you are hearing what sounds like gunshots on a regular basis, then it is probable that bird scarers are the source. The Councils policy is to accept that there is a necessity for their use, provided they are following the National Farmers Union (NFU) Code of Practice .

If you are suffering a noise problem from bird scarers and you consider the farmer is not following this guidance then we may be able to help. Contact the Environmental Protection team on 01962 848097 or email  When contacting us it would be useful if you could provide the exact location of the bird scarers and any contact details for the farmer owning the devices.