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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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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How successful have people been with just using the fishing line? I assume the bird will find a way to eventually get around that?
 
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If you do the pergola route... you could space the top layer fairly close to keep any herons out. And ... i see some of those pre-made pergolas that they have at the BB stores with the the screen "drapes" on the sides that hang down. You could do something similar and do a access side where the drapes overlap some in the middle.
 

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How successful have people been with just using the fishing line? I assume the bird will find a way to eventually get around that?
I think w/the line the birds can't see it that well and think they can just fly through and end up crashing into the pond anyways. Maybe if you hang a bunch of stuff on it so the bird can see it then it might work. @callingcolleen1 uses a system w/lines and hanging things. I just prefer using the net as I know it works for me w/my situation.
 

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How successful have people been with just using the fishing line? I assume the bird will find a way to eventually get around that?
I had a fishing line fence, spaces 6 inches, fishing over the pond spaced close, a real pita to put up and a real pita to work on the pond.The heron went through the fishing line fence and the fishing line over the pond. Never stopped it.
 
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I noticed the lines going across these ponds. Doesn't look good enough to keep birds out, but what can you do with a pond that size anyway.?
Is that fishing line or something thicker?
 
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I noticed the lines going across these ponds. Doesn't look good enough to keep birds out, but what can you do with a pond that size anyway.?
Is that fishing line or something thicker?
That looks like some kind of heavy nylon cord. I have seen koi ponds w/that before and perhaps it may work. That cord is easier for the birds to see than the fishing line.
 

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