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Birds and fruit trees - problem?

West Yorkshire, United Kingdom Gb

I have bought a dwarf cherry tree, dwarf apple and dwarf pear all of which i intend to keep in containers. I also have a bluberry top hat in a container. I am worried about the birds pecking particularly at the berries. I have never grown fruit before so this is a new experience for me as i'm not sure what kind of a neusance birds can be? What kind of problems should i expect?



black birds will go for the berries and starlings will go for the apples, but you can cover them with netting ,but be shore to pin it down well on the soft fruit as blackbirds can get under anything that has the smallest gap. a point about apples I have never seen starlings go for healthyfruit,

5 Feb, 2010


Cherries are more attractive than any other fruit to birds, so you will definitely need to protect that one.
Our neighbours here, hard bitten old farmers who have years of experience, protect their cherry trees by hanging a very realistic model owl from the branches.
I've heard of others using hawks.
It really does seem to work.

6 Feb, 2010


The owl sounds like a great idea and easy enough to do, i will definitely look into that, thanks Betiefox.

What kind of netting should i use? Should i cover just the tree or wrap it round the entire container? Whats the best way?

6 Feb, 2010


at one end of my garden there is a huge bird cherry tree, and you have be cairfull that you don't slip on the stones droped on the pathes, but the blackbirds will still clear the black currents if permited. the cherries come second to blackcurrents with our blackbirds,

6 Feb, 2010


you can buy a fine mesh netting for this. do you intend to have your plants on your patio or are you thinking of buying a fruit cage? mabe not cost effective.
an elderly neighbour throws old net curtains over her bushes just before the fruit ripen.

6 Feb, 2010


Thanks for all the tips:) you are as helpful as ever!

7 Feb, 2010

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