Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In Brief

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In Brief

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BIRD scarers are being used at Ascot after flocks of rooks and crows were found to be pecking out many areas of the new turf that has been laid as the course gets ready for its first meeting since redevelopment on 27 May.

Clerk of the course Chris Stickels has found that the birds have been pecking out the grass while feeding on the larvae of the fever fly, a small mosquito-type insect that lives in the grassroot.

However, Stickels doesn't anticipate the unexpected development to be a threat to the May meeting. He said: "The problem we are finding is that the rooks and crows are just pecking a bit of turf out of the top.

"The rooks and crows tend to come and go depending on their food supply.

We've been using bird scarers and repairing the damage they have been doing by treating the pecked areas with soil and seed."

Ascot closed for a [pounds sterling]200million redevelopment in September 2004.

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