The Human Scarecrow

Jamie Fox has got the perfect job: sitting down in the middle of a field, breathing fresh air, reading a book, and idly strumming the ukulele. Except when he sees birds, then he has to get up from his comfy folding chair and shoo them off.

Ah, the life of a human scarecrow:

Mr Fox, 22, has been employed to scare partridges from a field of oilseed rape at Aylsham because conventional birdscarers have not worked.

As well as wearing a bright orange coat, Mr Fox uses an accordion and a cowbell to frighten the birds.

Mr Fox, who graduated in the summer with a degree in music and English, earns about £250 a week scaring the partridges from the 10-acre (four-hectare) field.

"The farmer said to me, 'Bring a deckchair and a good book'," said Mr Fox, who hopes to find a job in music and is learning to play the ukulele during quiet moments in the field.

Link (Photo: Martyn Fox)

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