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I have tried everything I can think of but the sparrows are still eating my peas to shreds. I have eventually stopped them stripping every brassica seedling but all three of my containers of sugar snaps are now just withered stems. I know it’s birds – I have watched them do it. Can you help?

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HI Carol, A perennial problem at this time of the year, as birds are hungry and can’t find much else to eat, some fresh peas look pretty inviting! The solution is possibly a combination of using bird netting (although black birds seem to find a way in), providing an alternative food source, the use of silver tape (even strips of aluminum foil) or other moving items (that move in the breeze) In the spring we are launching a range of covers called Popadomes which can be placed over the product that are nearly ready for harvesting but birds always seem to get there just before! There are bird repellents that can be placed around plants, some people will query the effectiveness of these. It will be a bit of trial and error but hopefully a combination these methods will work for you.

Thanks the Palmers Team

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