Yeah, it's a bit tricky to say the least, I've rescued rabbits and birds from our cherry net.
I think we'll probably end up with something that's got permanent deer/badger/rabbit protection at the bottom with possibly a polytunnel frame (we have lots of spare poly tunnel stuff) for our soft fruit
||I lust after the ones in Harrod Horticultural. They seem expensive to me, but me, but I've never compared them to anywhere else.|
I would either have large chicken wire or solid boards around the base as I've had to untangle a, thankfully, very alive grass snake from netting. That should hopefully help with other assorted critters.
I had hoped a good quality frame and netting would help reduce the risk of birds trying to get in. We get loads of jays round here and they're cunning and have a very nippy beak.
I have noted the use of hawk silhouettes on long flexible poles, used to scare off birds. I'm tempted to use something like them to scare them away from the netting.
The pole and tyre rubber sounds interesting, I'll give that a go this year and see how I get on.
||The model owls we used at work to scare off the seagulls worked for a few weeks, Now they just perch on them. Maybe if they were moved around a bit it would be better.|
||They do say that a few feral cats hanging on strings from canes, in the proximity - keeps most birds away .|
||If you use rabbit mesh at the bottom, turn it outwards for at least 6" and bury under the top layer of earth. Rabbits and badgers, and at least initially, foxes, will scrable close to the wire to try to get in. I would say taut mesh was better than boards as they can easily dig under them.|
||Our original fruit cage was made from the frame from a very large tent, and a stack net from Mole Vally Farmers.|
||Somewhere on here there is in "recycling", how to make plastic bottle into an owl shape, which moves when placed on a stick basically you paint an owl on a 2-3 litre bottle upside down, cut 2 pieces at each side of the sides of the owl to make flaps, about 2-3" square-cut three sides obviously-(if you cut 4 sides you have a hole not a flap, oops)-which stick out and then the owl turns in the wind causing others to fly away. It works, I made one!|
These often turn up cheaply on ebay. We have two of them side by side covered in netting over the raspberry bed. They've lasted 5 years so far and look like they've got a few years left.
||Wotcha lady, how do?|
||Wotcha lady, how do?|