April Fool! New technology to aid both spectators and birds
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Technology may soon be coming to the aid of both spectators and local birds around the County Ground.
The presence of birds such as sea gulls in the area has been a problem for the Club for a number of years. Not only do their calls cause a noise issue but their scavenging of food and droppings also cause health and safety problems.
It is not only supporters’ that are at risk though, as our feathered friends are also put in danger by flying cricket balls. However, a new organisation has come up with the perfect solution.
Avril Tromper from Avian Protection & Rescue Institute Limited explains: “In order to prevent injury to the birds themselves and to also prevent the noise and mess that are linked to our winged friends we have come up with the Feathered Overhead Overview Locator device. Essentially this is a remote control drone which is disguised as a bird. This can be used on match days to clear birds from the airspace around a sports grounds in a manner which doesn’t scare the birds as much as a normal drone would. By disguising the drone we can remove the birds from the area for a couple of hours without scaring them so much that they don’t return to their natural habitat. It’s a win/win situation for everyone. There are a number of designs available and following discussions with representatives at Somerset CCC it seemed only natural to select the blackbird model in this instance.”
A spokesman for Somerset CCC said: “Whilst birds can be a nuisance, their health and wellbeing is also something that we take very seriously. As we saw in the Big Bash recently, it is distressing for everyone when a bird is struck by a ball during a match. This technology is something that we will be looking to put in place as a trial during our NatWest T20 Blast matches. If it is successful we may well decide to roll it out at every home match.”
Pictured is an artists impression of what the Feathered Overhead Overview Locator device may look like at Taunton.