From Lady GaGa To Lady CawCaw

Anyone would be forgiven for thinking Lady Gaga had found herself a new career.
But the outrageous singer hasn't given up on the pop charts to chase off birds, but has become the inspiration for a farmer's scarecrow.

Nigel Britten, who is the assistant manager at Whelan Farm, near Warlingham, Surrey, was getting fed up with pigeons munching on his wheat crops and had racked his brains to think of a way to save his livelihood.

Then inspiration came to him and his fiancee as they watched Lady Gaga arrive at last Tuesday night's Brit Awards.
Mr Britten, 27, said: 'We were laughing at Lady GaGa's outfit and that extraordinary wig and talking about how scary she looked.
My fiancee Marti joked that I should make a scarecrow which looked like her. I laughed and then it occurred to me it was actually a very good idea.

'We've been worried about the increasing audacity of birds on our farms for some time. I was tearing my hair out because the pigeons were taking all the corn after planting.
'We'd used traditional scarecrows but the old ways just don't seem to work any more, so we have had to become more and more inventive.'

And Mr Britten said that so far, the 7ft tall Lady GaGa scarecrow, complete with shocking white wig made from cotton wool and dress, is keeping birds off his wheat crops which are used to grow Hovis bread.

He added: 'We put her up last week and she's had a remarkable effect. The birds must be terrified of her because they have stayed away.
'I know it's not a traditional scarecrow, but I suppose we have to move with the times. I don't know whether it's the dress or the hair but the birds daren't approach the field anymore.'
And he said that he thinks the effective design should grace many more fields across the UK.
He said: 'I come from a family of farmers and I have never seen a scarecrow like this before but it could be the way forward.

'I quite like Lady GaGa's music and find her look interesting - she seems to pull it off. But she does look very odd and this may be the way forward as far as scarecrows go.
'We may make some more. In future we could move onto other scary people - perhaps a Gordon Brown scarecrow would work well too.'
Marie Davies, marketing manager at Hovis, said the company was considering rolling out the design to its other wheat farms.
She said: 'We're very excited by our move to 100 per cent British wheat and are passionate about protecting our crops which have taken over five years to perfect.
'The Lady GaGa scarecrow is unusual but it's been a great success for Nigel and it's definitely something we're now considering rolling out to all our British wheat farms.'

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