Bird Scare Guns

Farmers use scare guns to deter birds and scare them away from crops and fruit trees, especially when fruit is ripe and ready to pick.

 Council works with the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to regulate the use of scare guns in Victoria under the Environment Protection Act 1970.

The Noise Control Guidelines outline:

  • There must be at least 300 metres between the scare gun and residential properties.
  • a maximum number of 70 blasts per day
  • a break between blasts of no less than six minutes
  • a total operation time of no more than 12 hours per day
  • Blast operating time between 7.00 am and sunset.

Further information is available in the EPA’s noise control guidelines(PDF, 1MB).

If you have any concerns about bird scare guns, please contact Council on (03) 5772 0333.