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Bird & Insect Netting

Allotment Bird and Insect Netting

Allotments are a haven for wild life and many of us consider this to be a source of much enjoyment while working on the plot. However some wildlife is not always welcome on the plot and can cause damage to carefully grown crops.
With this in mind we have added a number of types of netting to keep out large and small pests.

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How to Choose Netting

Netting by its nature is made up of a criss-cross fabric of strands that form the hole in the netting and keep out the pests. These strands vary in thickness and density and block out the light underneath them. A netting that has very small holes must by the same logic have a lot of strands to make the holes, this means it cuts out more light. You will notice many fine mesh netting is white in colour to compensate for this effect. Also with small holes water cannot pass through as easily as a netting with a larger hole.

Anti-Bird Netting

Large mesh is designed to keep just birds away from crops and fruit.
The largest mesh size is around 20mm x 20mm and is made by knitting strands together and is ideal for most birds. It is very flexible and can be stretched over any shape of plot or structure.

Fruit cage netting for adding onto a walk in fruit cage is 10mmx10mm mesh. It is manufactured to be semi-rigid so it can be easily handled when fitting to a cage or structure.
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Anti-Bird / Insect Netting

Mesh size is 2mm x2mm and is suitable for all birds and the larger insects such as butterflies. It is a woven polypropylene mesh that is very flexible and can be used on all types of structures, tunnels and cloches.
Allotment Bird and Insect Netting

Important Note:

As the mesh size of netting decreases three important things change due to the increased amount of netting material versus holes.
Light getting to the crops is reduced – the smaller the mesh the lower the light levels
Water getting to the crops is reduced – the small holes do not let as much water through.
Air circulation is also reduced.

Insect Netting

Standard insect netting has a 1mm x 1mm mesh which is suitable for most of the common allotment insect pests such as cabbage root fly, carrot root fly, turnip root fly. It is lightweight and can be draped over the crops directly or fitted to cloche hoops or tunnels.

The Ultra-Fine netting has a mesh size 0.2mm x 0.8mm and is suitable for the very smallest of flies and thrips.
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Alternatives

Allotment Fleece When choosing your crop protection for small insects you might consider Fleece.
It has no holes and will let more light though to the crops than the fine mesh coverings.
It will also let water through to a greater degree than mesh coverings.
It can be a cost effective answer to the pest problem, but will make the plot look like it is covered in snow.
A small price to pay to protect all the hard work invested in seedlings.

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