Tuesday 21 November 2017

Graduate lands job as human scarecrow

Ben Kendall

A GRADUATE has found a job with a difference -- working as a human scarecrow.

Real-life Worzel Gummidge, 22-year-old Jamie Fox, spends his days sitting, reading and strumming his ukulele.

But he leaps into action when birds begin to circle, scaring them with his bright orange coat, accordion and cowbell.

Mr Fox, who studied music and English at Bangor University in wales, is half-way through a fortnight-long stint scaring partridges in a field of oilseed rape near Aylsham, Norfolk.

Mr Fox said he enjoys being out in the fresh air and, while some friends are bemused by his new job, others are envious.

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He said: "I get to sit and read for a lot of the time, but whenever the partridges appear I have to get up and scare them off.

"I ring a cowbell and I've even played the accordion, but the ukulele doesn't seem to have any effect on them."

Mr Fox earns £250 (€309) a week for his efforts policing the 10-acre field for eight hours each day.

He is saving for a trip to New Zealand next year.

"I don't want to be a scarecrow forever, but it is giving me time to decide what I will do with my future," he said.

Farmer William Youngs employed Mr Fox because conventional bird scarers had not worked.

He said: "We have tried bangers, but the partridges always return.

Irish Independent

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