Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Bird Scarer

Made this bird scarer earlier today, it's based on a simple design of scarer from the 1800's if not much earlier in date, it's a very simple but effective design, basically a long piece of hazel in this case in the centre, with two smaller "paddles" attached one each side, and secured together at one end by a loose loop of twine, although traditionally it was secured with a leather thong. This crude device certainly does make a racket when used and was used this evening to great effect by myself to scare some pigeons out of the garden, these devices and indeed a plethora of others were traditionally used by children who were not obliged to go to school until the passing of the 1880 education act.

I know a lot of Forest Schools make these but describe them as rattles rather than bird scarers, i wonder if the kids making them or indeed some of the instructors are aware of the historical aspect of what they are actually making?.

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  1. "i wonder if the kids making them or indeed some of the instructors are aware of the historical aspect of what they are actually making?"

    Probably not. As an old country boy, I sometimes get amused when I see volunteers at historic sites tell the uses of some old tools. I once saw a cherry-pitter passed off as a meat-grinder!

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