The solar power electronic scarecrow

UK: A solar-powered scarecrow that mimics the calls of a hawk is being used to humanely scare away birds which were damaging overhead line equipment and the pantographs of Avanti West Coast Pendolino trainsets at Alstom’s Longsight depot.

‘Birds at Alstom’s depot have become a real nuisance but this solution is a win win, protecting both the wildlife and the trains from harm’, said Phil James, Network Rail’s North West route director.

‘The electronic scarecrow is one of many methods we’re deploying across the northwest to make our infrastructure more reliable, so we can deliver on-time train services that people of the northwest can be proud of.’