Champagne farmers use falcons to beat pests at harvest


Farmers in the Champagne region of France are hoping for a bumper crop of grapes for a sixth year after introducing falcons to ward off pests.

The birds were brought in as a more effective method of protecting the vines from starlings and other small animals keen to snack on the grapes.

Hugh Schofield reports.

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