Scarecrows were first made by the Egyptians!
They were used to protect their fields that run alongside the River Nile by scaring crows away so that they wouldn’t eat the crops
Since then, there has been lots of alternatives to scarecrows like mini windmills
But scarecrows are still the most popular method of scaring away the crows. There is even scarecrow festivals that take place all over the UK every year!Embed from Getty Images
There is even more to discover about scarecrows! Did you know…
- Japanese farmers hang old rags, meat and fish bones on their scarecrows. The smell is enough to keep away all creatures, not just birds
- In Medieval Britain there was a job for young boys called ‘Bird Scarer’, where they wandered the fields to throw things at the birds like a scarecrow does – don’t try this at home!
- The most famous scarecrow is a character from The Wizard of Oz, who was in search to find a brain
- It is important to dress scarecrows in human clothing, because the scent of humans scares the crows!
If you want to find out more about scarecrows and the annual scarecrow festivals then click here:Embed from Getty Images
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