Even if you love birds, they can sometimes be a bit of a nuisance. They eat crops, defecate everywhere, and hang around at the end of airport runways just waiting to get sucked into the engine of passing planes. Birdstrike is meant to cost airlines over US$1 billion in repairs and delays in the US alone.
So we humans have devised a whole range of tactics to keep them at bay; from trained hawks, to spikes, to loud bangs, to less humane methods like electrocution. But the problem just seems to keep coming back!
Now an ornithologist called Dr John Swaddle has developed a system of carefully targeted noises to disrupt birds' communications, making them feel like they're always in danger.