Graduate Jamie Fox Finds Job As Human Scarecrow Near Aylsham, Norfolk

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Graduate Jamie Fox has found a job with a difference - working as a human scarecrow.

The real life Worzel Gummidge 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 cow bell.

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Fox spends his days reading and playing the ukelele, ready to spring into action

Fox, 22, who studied music and English at Bangor University, is half-way through a fortnight long stint scaring partridges from a field of oilseed rape near Aylsham, Norfolk.

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

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."

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Fox graduated from Bangor university with a degree in music and English

Fox, who lives in Aylsham, earns £250 a week for his efforts policing the 10-acre field for eight hours each day.

He is saving for a planned 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 Fox because conventional birdscarers had not worked.

He said: "We have tried bangers to scare them off but the partridges always return.

"Jamie's doing a good job. You can really see the difference."

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