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Birdfeed almost always contains hemp seeds. Why? Because most birds you can spot in the wild really love them. Among the list of cannabis-loving birds are pigeons, doves, magpies, tree sparrows or starlings, and many other game birds. But your seeds are also a favourite among woodpeckers, nuthatches, English sparrows, and others still. Now, unless you’re an experienced bird watcher, you may not be able to identify birds when you see them. If you’re unsure, you can just assume that the birds you’re seeing are likely also very interested in your cannabis seeds.
If you can’t scare the birds off, look into bird netting. The nets will form a physical barrier so that they cannot get to your precious plants. These nets can also help keep other pests away.
WHICH BIRDS EAT CANNABIS SEEDS?
Birds hanging around your cannabis plants are not necessarily a bad thing. They help get rid of pests such as bugs, worms, and caterpillars. But if you’re growing to preserve seeds, birds can become a major threat as they love nothing more than cannabis seeds. Find out how to prevent the plight of stolen seeds.
Put up a birdfeeder as an attractive distraction for the birds. The idea here is that they go to the feeder instead of your plants. This can work as well, but make sure that the bird feeder isn’t too close to your cannabis plants. Otherwise, you may just attract even more birds to your growing area. Place the feeder some distance away from your crop.
Ever since people started sowing and growing crops, they’ve had to deal with annoying birds eating their seeds. And just like farmers have done for millennia, you could put up a scarecrow to keep the flying pests in check. Your scarecrow doesn’t need to be too elaborate. All you need are some old clothes or rags, some wooden sticks, a hammer, and a bunch of nails. Position your scarecrow near or within your crop for an effective bird deterrent.
Light Growers can’t get away from the fact that internal farming requires a lot of it: 2,000 watts running 12 hours a day in a small bedroom looks a lot like the sun, so look out for windows that are constantly blacked out to cover that up. Cannabis farms in spare rooms will have the tell-tale sign of curtains that never open.
But you may not be the only person trying to spot a cannabis farm on your street. The sinister side to these booming businesses is that they have become lucrative targets for harder and more violent criminals looking to rob them. These people are constantly on the look out for farms within our communities, which in turn exposes the rest of us to potential violence. What’s the solution? The dealers and criminals I spoke with all said that legalisation would put them out of business.
I n the course of making a film about Britain’s cannabis industry, I have learned a lot about how to spot a cannabis farm. I have been schooled by policemen who raid them, gangsters who rob them and growers who set them up and produce more than 80% of the cannabis smoked in the UK today.
Conor Woodman’s film Exposure: Britain’s Booming Cannabis Business is on ITV on 16 October at 11.05pm
Activity Not all farms are inhabited by the grower so watch out for signs that there is no one actually living there: unkempt front gardens, or if your neighbour never leaves out any bin bags on collection day.