Monday, July 18, 2005


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Robo-bird keeps shops pigeon-free

The centre manager is already considering extending the trialA squawking robot bird has been placed on the roof of a shopping centre where customers have been plagued by droppings from pigeons and seagulls.
The "Robop", modelled on a Peregrine Falcon, sits on the roof of Priory Meadow in Hastings, and is employed to scare off nuisance birds.
Management are so impressed with the 18-inch bird's effect they are already considering extending its contract.
Shoppers said they had noticed there were fewer pigeons about.
'Pretty bird-free'
The bird is designed to look and sound like a Peregrine Falcon and was designed by inventors in Scotland in 2001.
Models have been successfully used as far afield as Edinburgh and Dubai.
Priory Meadow manager John Hough said: "So far we appear to be pretty bird-free, I'm pleased to say.
"We are on a trial up to the end of the year and if it carries on like this we will be taking out another year's subscription to the service."


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