Protective measures against pond predators

Pond predators

Almost every pond owner will have already experienced this frightening moment. You think of nothing bad, let your eyes wander over the pond and suddenly there he is: the heron. Maybe he is still sitting in some distance and scouts out your garden pond. Or he is already standing at the water and is after the pond inhabitants. Now it is necessary to act to prevent possible losses among the pond inhabitants. In this post, you’ll learn how to protect your pond animals from pond predators.

The Heron

The local gray heron is probably the most persistent of all pond predators. With his stilt-like legs, the long beak and the flexible neck he is ideally equipped to fish innocent fish up to 35cm out of his own pond. Especially in spring, when the bird has to take care of its young, pond protection is therefore called for. Especially because the heron, which is under protection, is slowly recovering and the population numbers are increasing, it is becoming more and more of a problem. Once he has found out that he will not be disturbed at your pond and once he has succeeded in fishing, he will become a permanent visitor and will not rest until the whole pond is empty.

Fortunately, there are several ways to make the heron’s own pond away as a hunting ground. Our number 1 defense method is the so-called heron scare, a combination of water pistol and motion detector. When the device detects movement on the pond, a valve opens and a volley of water is "shot" over a larger area. This involuntary shower and the accompanying hissing sound work effectively against unwelcome guests. A similar variant is a device that produces a loud noise instead of a water bullet. With these defenses you can drive away the pond predators without hurting the animals. And once the heron realizes that it is disturbed at every approach, it will soon look for another hunting ground.

Another possibility is a reflecting pyramid floating on the water. This turns in the wind on the water and reflects so the sunlight. The reflections created in this way successfully deter the fish predator. Such a mirror pyramid can be easily built by yourself with a little skill.

Pond design as protection

An important point in a herring-proof pond is the missing landing place. If the bird does not find a suitable landing place, it cannot even settle down at the pond and start its deadly game. Mostly gray herons end up at the and/or. next to the pond, at best in shallow shallow water. If you fill the pond bank with round stones, flower pots, garden sculptures and similar things on which the heron cannot sit well, you make it difficult for it to land. You can also prevent the pond predator from settling in the pond by cleverly planting the shore.

As already mentioned, the heron can also use larger shallow water zones as a landing strip. The best option here is to stretch a net over these areas. It doesn’t look so great, but it is an effective protection against unwanted approach in the pond zone. However, if small birds get caught in the net, it must be removed immediately.

A similar, but more inconspicuous variant is to cover the entire pond surface with thin floral wire or fishing line, which, depending on the species, even glistens in the sun and acts as a double deterrent. The installation is more complicated than with the pond net. The wires must be placed in one direction at a distance of approx. can be stretched 30cm above the pond, then again at a right angle to it with a distance of about 50cm. This large grid extremely restricts the heron’s freedom of movement in the garden pond and makes this area unattractive for him. The problem here is the complex installation and the hindrance for work on the pond, for example removal of leaves.

In some ponds, the installation of a dummy heron has also proven to be effective. Grey herons usually do not fish in waters that are already given to another bird. However, if the heron notices that the strange bird has not changed its position for days or weeks while scouting its potential new hunting ground for hours, it might smell a rat. So make sure that you move the plastic bird regularly.

Our last suggestion is to use an electric fence. However, it is up to each pond owner to decide whether or not to use this defense on his own fence. Guaranteed, this solution is effective, but no protective measure against fish predators should end in cruelty to animals!

Other pond predators

Cat as pond predator

Unfortunately, however, it is not only the heron that likes to attack its own fish. Storks, cormorants and kingfishers sooner or later also find their way to the pond and are other aerial threats. Also jays and cranes are no rarity, if the offer of "tasty fish" is easy to get.

The second most common fish predator is the common house cat. It does not even have to be the neighbor’s sneaky tomcat who fishes fish from the table. Even your own cat often shows no respect for the fishing ban you have imposed. This makes it all the more important to protect your pond animals from cats.

Effective here is also a pond cover net or water-splashing protective measures (such as the heron scare), which are also available with ultrasonic signal. However, with cats, you can also simply make the pond environment "hunt-unfriendly". To do this, you should first surround the pond with a large, shallow wet area, because most cats are afraid of water and would not risk getting wet paws. Fish will also not stay in the shallow water zone when danger threatens. Therefore, this is a relatively secure solution, but it makes it easier for predatory birds to do their work. Better, you also design the pond bank with an aggravating slope shape, which makes pond fishing impossible for outdoor cats.

Help us to further improve our service. Was this article helpful to you?

Like this post? Please share to your friends:
Leave a Reply

;-) :| :x :twisted: :smile: :shock: :sad: :roll: :razz: :oops: :o :mrgreen: :lol: :idea: :grin: :evil: :cry: :cool: :arrow: :???: :?: :!: