How to protect grapes from birds?

The need to learn how to protect grapes from birds, how to protect them by scaring and other methods, arises for every amateur vine grower. Not all winged guests peck the berries completely, but they cause significant damage to the crop, damage the skin, attracting wasps and other pests. By figuring out how to install protection against sparrows and starlings, you can independently make isolation if they peck at grapes, as well as use various means to keep birds away from ripening clusters.

What birds eat berries?

Not all winged guests of the vineyard like berries. That is why, when organizing protection, one has to pay attention to the classification of birds. The taste preferences of birds also vary. Jackdaws are real gourmets, preferring white nutmeg varieties and dark ones. They pose a particular danger due to the fact that they prefer to move in packs, while differing in excellent appetite.

Tits and sparrows do not peck the berries completely, but damage them by drinking some of the juice. They cause particular dissatisfaction of vine growers with the fact that they begin to spoil the bunches long before full maturity. Dark grapes may attract starlings or orioles, while magpies and ravens like white grapes. Thrushes are omnivorous, they eat ripe berries as a whole, a flock is capable of destroying a large crop in a few days.

How to scare?

The easiest way to help protect grapes from birds during the period when they are actively pecking berries is to install scare devices or devices. They work autonomously, which means that the summer resident himself will have to do almost nothing.

A sound repeller broadcasting the cries of birds of prey on a timer will help protect the plantings from the visits of uninvited guests.

But there are other options as well.

  • Mirror Surface CDs. The sparkle scares the birds, but if you do not change the location, they will soon get used to it.

  • Garbage bags are bright blue. They are cut so that the edges sway in the wind, making noise. The blue color scares the birds, and the sounds create an additional effect.

  • Air kites in the form of birds of prey. They should hover over the landings. This method works well in combination with a sound scare.

  • Balloons made of durable material. It is better to take options for blue, orange, black or white. On their surface, large eyes are drawn around the circumference. Agronomists have calculated that the optimal distance between them should be equal to an angle of 72 degrees.

  • Magnetic tape from old cassettes or reels. They are still in stock for many summer residents. The only problem is that this method does not work on all feathered guests. Starlings are afraid of such noise, but jackdaws and magpies are not.

  • Combined disc and plastic bottle system. The neck of the container is threaded into the hole in the center of the CD. The edges of the bottle are cut into strips, creating blades noisy in the wind. This design will definitely alert even the most careless birds.

  • garden scarecrow. You can make it with the body and head of blue plastic bags, enhancing the effect. It is important to periodically move the “guard” around the territory, otherwise they will soon cease to be afraid of him.

Birds begin to cause the main damage to ripening berries in the second half of summer, from mid or late July. Gluttonous guests visit the vineyard twice a day – in the mornings and evenings. Accordingly, the selected deterrents should be clearly visible at any time of the day. Also, special vigilance will have to be exercised during periods when chicks are hatched in nature. They fall in June and August – the younger generation attacks the clusters especially actively.

It is not always necessary to scare away the birds. If the crop is attacked by sparrows, tits, wagtails, the problem can often be solved with the help of water drinkers placed in the garden.

The fact is that feathered guests damage the berries, trying to get the necessary amount of moisture. If their thirst was quenched in some other way, there would be no need to invent elaborate defenses.


Wanting to save ripening clusters from sparrows, tits, thrushes or jackdaws, many summer residents use complex protection.

  • Most often, stockings are used, inside of which clusters are placed. A large plantation can be entangled with camouflage or fishing nets with small cells. But birds often get entangled in such fences, may die or require rescue. When choosing a means of isolation, it is important to find a compromise between light transmission and cell size – too large will leave loopholes for birds.

  • Small landings require other measures. 1-2 vines can be protected with individual mesh bags sold in specialized stores. If you can’t buy them, you can use nets for vegetables, inside of which ripening brushes are placed. Some summer residents sew protective covers on their own from ordinary window mesh.

  • The Japanese method of isolation also deserves attention. Here, fruit clusters are covered from above with miniature domes-caps. They close the view from the air, making ripe berries invisible to pests. You can make a similar shelter yourself by fixing a disposable plastic plate in the form of a cone. You can cope with using the most ordinary stapler.

  • An equally popular solution is special ready-made agricultural materials that provide additional UV protection for leaves and berries.. Mesh fabrics are well ventilated, allow air to pass through, and provide additional protection against insect pests. Under such a shelter, it is easy to provide the vines with the necessary care.

Anna Evans


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