As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Bird-proof gel is tested on Aberdeen city centre signs

A UNIQUE approach to bird-scaring is being adopted in Aberdeen as a bird-proof gel is trialled on new signs.

The city centre has received four new “map totems” displaying information about where sites are for those visiting Aberdeen.

But the new signage has a secret weapon in the form a bird-proof gel intended to discourage birds from fouling on them.

The maps – which are located on Broad Street, St Nicholas Street, on Schoolhill and outside the tourist information office on Union Street – have a special gel on top of the signposts which looks like fire – but only to birds. It’s invisible to humans.

Because birds can see ultraviolet light, the gel, called Bird Free, looks to them like flames, therefore discouraging them from landing on the signs.

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