Standby Fence

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The standby fence is a sophisticated system, which includes natural vole predators in order to avoid vole (re-)immigration.

Functionality and field of application

Voles have an enormous reproductive potential. As soon as the pups reach maturity, they are chased from the burrow by their parents. Recently vole-free areas will continuously be repopulated by the juvenile offspring. The (re-)immigration into these areas occurs above-ground.

The fence stops (re-)immigration into the protected area. Voles moving on the ground attract many predators. Natural enemies (foxes, cats, birds of prey, badgers, stoat etc.) benefit from the vole fence and will regularly scan the area along the fence. Exposed to this danger, the vole will hide in the standby-boxes for protection, where it is trapped. The standby-boxes, which are set along the fence are systematically checked by predators. These open the box by pushing up the flip top and snatch bait. The flip top will close and the trap is ready for the next vole to be trapped. Standby is a suitable system for the use in various (mainly perennial) crop production systems in order to protect valuable areas.

Advantages

  • Easy, effective and robust system to prevent (re-)immigration of voles into a valuable area.
  • Once installed, the fence is self-governed.
  • “Participatory system”: Natural predators are integrated in the vole management practice. Their abundance in the area is usually increased.
  • Easy maintenance

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