Bird-Proof Netting Over Fruit Orchards

The Granite Belt region of southern Queensland is famous for its fruit production: Grapes, strawberries, plums, apples, cherries and more. The farmers have to put up with wannabee ‘share farmers’: Birds by day and flying foxes (the world’s largest fruit bat) by night. Many use bird netting, and there are thousands of acres under such protection.


Apple trees under netting.
The trees will grow tall enough to push against the top of the net.


Hail damaged bird proof netting. Fruit trees under protective netting to guard against birds by day and fruit-bats by night.
Granite Belt region of Queensland.
There’s some hail damage to the nets, though minor, and production is able to continue.
Ten of thousands of acres are under net-protection.


Netting-covered orchards. Fruit trees under protective netting to guard against birds by day and fruit-bats by night.
Granite Belt region of Queensland.
There’s some hail damage to the nets, though minor, and production is able to continue.
Ten of thousands of acres are under net-protection.


Netting-covered orchards. Fruit trees under protective netting to guard against birds by day and fruit-bats by night.
In some orchards the public are discouraged because they steal fruit, damage plants and nets, and can become ill from spraying.
Other places welcome the public to pick their own, or wander around.
Signs will usually advise.
Granite Belt region of Queensland.
Ten of thousands of acres are under net-protection.


Netting-covered orchards. Fruit trees under protective netting to guard against birds by day and fruit-bats by night.
Granite Belt region of Queensland.
Ten of thousands of acres are under net-protection.


Netting-covered orchards. Fruit trees under protective netting to guard against birds by day and fruit-bats by night.
Granite Belt region of Queensland.
Ten of thousands of acres are under net-protection.


Netting-covered orchards. Fruit trees under protective netting to guard against birds by day and fruit-bats by night.
This orchard is fully enclosed to keep insects out.
Granite Belt region of Queensland.
Ten of thousands of acres are under net-protection.


Netting-covered orchards. Fruit trees under protective netting to guard against birds by day and fruit-bats by night.
Granite Belt region of Queensland.
Ten of thousands of acres are under net-protection.


Netting-covered orchards. Fruit trees under protective igloo-netting to guard against birds by day and fruit-bats by night.
The ends can be closed to protect against insects.
Granite Belt region of Queensland.
Ten of thousands of acres are under net-protection.


Netting-covered orchards. Fruit trees under protective igloo-netting to guard against birds by day and fruit-bats by night.
Granite Belt region of Queensland.
Ten of thousands of acres are under net-protection.
This image also shows some of the farm machinery used on this property.


Netting-covered orchards. Fruit trees under protective netting to guard against birds by day and fruit-bats by night.
The trees are tall enough to reach, and sometimes to damage, the roof of the netted enclosure.
Ten of thousands of acres are under net-protection.


Netting-covered orchards. Fruit trees under protective netting to guard against birds by day and fruit-bats by night.
Granite Belt region of Queensland.
Ten of thousands of acres are under net-protection, though this one is not producing, and the orchard is for sale.

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