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Newbie - Looking For Suggestions To Rid Of Crows

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by silverbullet, Oct 27, 2019.

  1. silverbullet

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    Hello Everyone

    I'm having lots of problems with huge black crows, they are destroying the cars near where I live, so far they have pecked all the rubber from my glass roof and I've had it costed to replaced at over £1000, they have also destroyed my wipers (I'm on my 4th set now), on my sons car they have attacked the wipers and also started around the seals on the windows, my wife has just got a new one and I'm trying to keep them off my constantly watching for them but it's become a daily struggle.

    I've tried making a scarecrow, using an owl to deter them but nothing is stopping them (theres only a few that keep going on the cars)

    So I need suggestions please for a rifle with a scope, I'm totally new to this so would have to practice lots before using for real

    Has anyone any suggestions on what models to go for?

    Cheers
     
  2. monsta41

    monsta41 Donator

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    you cant shoot them just because they damage your car
     
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    If you're in the UK I'm afraid shooting them for damaging cars is illegal under the terms of the General Licences issued by NE and DEFRA.
     
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  4. silverbullet

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    Are they protected?

    The council have said to me they cannot help and "to take matters into my own hands", not sure if that means by trap, deter or death.
     
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  5. silverbullet

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    So is shooting them for any other reason legal? such as attacking people as such?
     
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    Afraid not. They can be shot for crop protection, livestock protection and to protect flora and fauna. They are the only legal circumstances. Any other reasons may be possible but you would have to apply for an individual licence specifically for those circumstances and you would need to supply proof that there is a problem.
     
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  7. MartinJGUK

    MartinJGUK NottsPestControl

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    All birds are protected, the general licence only lets you take lethal action to protect crops/livestock etc if all other methods have been exhausted or are impractical. You can’t shoot them because they are pecking rubber off a car
     
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  8. monsta41

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    nope...they can only be controlled for protecting livestock and crops... the law changed recently
     
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    all wild birds are protected
     
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  10. BarryA

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    All wild birds in the UK are protected under the wildlife and countryside act. A so called 'pest list' (including crows) was deleted from the act back in 1994 (ish). Now to control pest species you need to use the general licenses and, as already stated, this doesn't cover shooting them for damaging your car. The licence for public health and safety actually contains the following limitation:
    This licence permits action only for the purposes specified in “What this licence permits”. You may not use it to prevent damage to other forms of property (such as damage to houses or cars) or to prevent nuisance (such as excessive noise)...
    Cheers
    Barry
     
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  11. silverbullet

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    ok thanks guys, so has anyone suggestions on how to rid of them (without shooting them)

    I cannot bait poison as there is dog walkers that use the area, my next step would be to fix rat traps to the car roof

    It's been on-going for 8 months this now
     
  12. BarryA

    BarryA Guest

    THEY ARE PROTECTED. This includes all means of killing or injuring. Put a cover on your car.
     
  13. silverbullet

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    ok thanks for all your help and advice guys
     
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    There would probably be safety issues with shooting them anyway.
    You can only shoot where you have permission from the landowner and where you can be sure that no pellets leave that area.

    "council have said to me they cannot help and "to take matters into my own hands" " this does not allow shooting in the road!!
     
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    Brandon James Brano

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    Mentioning using poison to kill birds suggests to me that you've done no research whatsoever regards the law.
    Totally illegal and irresponsible to poison birds or anything other than rodents under strict guidelines.
     
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  16. Stevie Darling

    Stevie Darling Sexual tyrannosaurus

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    Apart from the legal side of things, you can’t walk around a public place with an air rifle taking pot shots at crows.

    :)
     
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    Where I work they use a falcon to good effect.

    I’d recommend calling a local pest control company to see if they can come round with one. Seems to keep most birds away for quite a while once it’s been there for a day.
     
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    i use a pistol not loaded ,when i see a crow or magpie ,just fire it blank .it dos the trick ,but where are your cars parked.hope not on the road .good look
     
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    Fair enough guys, I think I've established that I can't "Kill, Shoot, Poison, Harm, Injure, Trap, Bait, Capture" and walk around shooting things like I'm in an action movie hence why I asked the question in the first place! thinking of doing things and implementing are two different things which is the reason I came on here to ask as many of you will know the law far better than me without me going through several webpages to get the answer I'm looking for.

    All I've done is buy a scarecrow and fake owl which have so far have failed!, buying a cover for the car isn't an option nor is selling my car/s and taking up walking, it's just really annoying and at the moment going to cost me a lot of money which I'm sure alot of you would be upset about.

    Thanks for all your advice, lets hope they fall out of their trees to their death very soon.
     
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    From what you've said, I think I'd try some sort of car cover. Maybe with something like bamboo canes underneath to hold the cover up slightly. That should make it tricky for the crows to land on.

    Depending on where you're parked and how public it is, you could try throwing crow scares out there.

    Again, dependant on the situation, you could apply for a license to shoot the troublesome ones - they can only say no.
     
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