It sounds like the ideal job - the chance to sit down, read a book and perhaps idly strum a ukulele.But Bangor University graduate Jamie Fox has to do it in all weathers, as a human scarecrow in a field in Norfolk.
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 only company Mr Fox gets during his eight-hour shifts is from the occasional passing dog-walker or farm worker. Farmer William Youngs also drops in to check on him every day. He said he decided to employ a human birdscarer after other methods failed to stop the birds eating the young rape shoots. "Partridges love rape - it's like fillet steak to them," said Mr Youngs.