When you start using the Robop system of bird repelling and deterring the main objective is to convince the pest birds that a peregrine falcon (or more than one) has moved into their territory on a permanent basis. This requires regular maintenance, moving the bird(s) around their different mounting bases and making sure the battery is always charged.
Every site is different and has problems unique to its particular character and the circumstances surrounding it e.g. it is a feeding site, a breeding site, a daytime resting site or a night-time roost? Due to the complexity and diversity of the locations a careful analysis of these variables is essential to achieve the best results. We work to create a tailor-made solution to suit your particular problem and premises.
The problem must be monitored, how do they react? Where are they going? If they start to show interest in an obscure area previously unused you can get Robop in a position to overlook that location.
However, the basic principle is the same for all sites.
- Position Robop as high as possible above the problem area rather than on it.
- Try to make it visible to birds approaching your property.
- Move it as often as practical during the early stages.
- Never leave Robop on location with flat batteries.
Don’t worry about Robop being off site for charging. This can add to the realism of the Robop system.
As well as maintaining your Robop system, please try not to inadvertently tempt birds back to your site by following these basic rules.
- Eliminate possible food sources, if food spillage is inevitable clean it up as soon as possible after delivery.
- Waste food should be contained in rigid covered bins not plastic bags.
- Do not allow birds to breed on your site. Any birds produced will look upon your property as home, when they reach maturity they will breed on the same location.
Fix the bases to sites which are as high as possible and can be accessed easily and safely. Try to present a profile against the sky so that Robop is as visual as possible. Determine the problem birds’ flight lines and intercept them with the visual deterrent to divert them before they reach your property.
When fixing stick on bases apply adhesive, equivalent in size to a walnut on top of each of the four holes on the underside of the base plate. Apply a fifth amount into the centre of the formation.
When fixing a base to the edge of a building it is important to locate the locking strip to the outside. This ensures that when the bird is being removed it tilts inwards onto the building rather than outwards over the drop.
Ensure that the surface is dry and free from dust. Then press the base onto surface which will push adhesive into the holes. Ensure the base is level before adhesive sets. If fixing to a horizontal surface leave for 30 minutes before attaching Robop. If the base is being fitted to a sloping surface it is preferable to leave overnight. On suitable surfaces where water ingress is not a problem screws can be used in place of adhesive.
Robop can be supplied with clamp-on revolving bases. Robop can turn through 360 degrees on an arm 30cms long. This arm can also turn full circle. This base is ideal for clamping to safety rails and girder work and gives the option of using a large number of locations without any semi-permanent fixings. Even if Robop only moves ten yards along a hand-rail this adds greatly to the realism of the system.
Attaching to Pneumatic Pole
Sit bird on rotator base with spindle located in nylon bearing. Enter straight leg of spring clip into hole in centre of spindle. Push in until the bent leg locates around the spindle. Mount rotator long spigot in to pneumatic pole. Tighten clamp screw. Turn bird by hand to ensure it is turning freely and switch-on.
Charging the Battery
The on/off switch is located under the tail. This is a three position switch. Forward towards the head to switch on, centre to switch off and back towards the tail is the charging position.
To charge batteries remove terminal cover under tail. Connect battery lead (this will only fit one way). Half turn locking collar. Ensure on/off switch is back towards tail.
Set charger to 2.5 amp. Plug in and switch on charger and the red light will show. Leave to charge overnight. The green light will show when charged. When fully charged the charger maintains a trickle charge indicated by the green light. The battery will not overcharge. If the red light does not show check that the connector is located properly and the switch is in the correct position. Remove charger lead and replace terminal cover. Place switch in central position.
Please note: The charger will heat up while operating and requires clearance from other objects.
Due to the fact that Robop shuts down at dusk and starts operating at dawn it is impossible to give a definitive answer about battery life as it is obviously running longer in summer days than during short winter days. Approx 8-9 days in summer and 14-16 days during winter is realistic. It is very important that Robop is not left in situ if the battery is flat.
If for any reason you are unable to charge the bird or move it from base to base it is better removed from site. This will prevent the target species, particularly gulls from building confidence when Robop is static and silent.
Adjusting the Sound
Sound volume on Robops can be adjusted by the square red button mounted adjacent to the charging socket on the under body. Volume is increased or decreased by momentarily depressing the red button. Each press lowers the volume one level until the minimum is reached. Further depressions will increase the volume until the maximum is reached. The volume will default to maximum when Robop is switched off.
If you require any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact us.
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