Bird Strikes

Defence written question – answered on 4th February 2004.

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Photo of James Gray James Gray Conservative, North Wiltshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on (a) the cost of bird scarers and (b) their efficacy in preventing RAF bird-strikes.

Photo of Adam Ingram Adam Ingram Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence

In 2003 approximately £1.5 million was spent on bird control at RAF stations.

The use of bird scarers reduces the number of bird-strikes when aircraft are close to the airfield. However the majority of bird-strikes occur when the aircraft is in flight; Bird Control Units can do nothing to prevent these.

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