Heron netting 101


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Mine has been up for two summers, no bird has been tangled in it. We have hawks, owls, falcons, herons, tons of song birds and a occasional eagle. The netting is too wide to trap small birds. I watched the heron attempt to fish from my pond for a full summer, it came just about every day. It never fly's right into the pond, it always stalked up slowly to the edge of the pond, usually taking around 15 minutes if not longer. Once the net was up, they fly over almost every day, none have landed, for two summers now.
 
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I'm going to have to tackle this project this year as my current netting sucks. What are ya'll using for posts? I want to use something that isn't to unatractive.
 
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I use garden flag holders which stand about 18" high. I only keep a net on through the spring until the pond cover fills in.

Edit: I e-mailed the company everyone raves about and didn't get a response. I ended up with a 2" spacing bird net from Amazon instead.
 

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My ponds are raised. I have been using the green metal t-posts to hold my netting. Right now I'm building pvc frames to go over the ponds so I can use window screen to keep out small debris and then plastic in the winter. Definitely not natural looking.
 

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I use these but not that great to look at.
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Maybe this would look nicer:

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Just had a thought. Maybe a pergola over the pond and attach netting to it? Trying to envisio if it would look good over my pond. What do y'all think?
Pic of my pond and a pergola pic.
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That would look wonderful @gliebig ! Think you will still have to use netting tho as Mr Heron will walk right in. You wouldn't need it over the top tho. Maybe a fence,screen or something around the posts?
 
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If I were to just build a frame and net the perimeter of the pond, would I really need a top covering? Since heron hunt from the ground, they wouldn't dive bomb from above, correct?
 

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If I were to just build a frame and net the perimeter of the pond, would I really need a top covering? Since heron hunt from the ground, they wouldn't dive bomb from above, correct?
no mine have flown in and landed in the pond, they have also stalked the pond from ground. When I had a small plant island in the pond they flew in and landed on it to fish, and it was a small plant island. No more island.
 
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We put up a shade sail a couple of years ago, due to the loss of a large shade tree. I think it obscures their view of the pond from above. In addition to the shade sale, I still used an ugly net !
 
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If you build a frame and have boards all across the top then they can't fly in but wonder if they would land on the top and then be able to just jump glide down? Not sure how they would get out then either. If you have no top they will just fly right in and land on your rocks or anything that they can stand on. You gotta have something over the top.
 

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