Landscape Management on Airports for Reduction of Bird Populations,
GERMAN BOARD FOR BIRDSTRIKE PREVENTION TRABEN-TRARBACH (GERMANY F R)
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By special provisions of landscape management it was possible to reduce the number of birdstrikes on German military airfields on civil airports the birdstrike situation has been improving slowly over the past few years. Agricultural use and pasturing on airfieldsairports has been forbidden on grassland areas special methods of grass mowing have been practized e.g. long-grass-procedure andor use of growth inhibitors. Large areas have been afforested with smalllow woods with a high density heater and swampbog areas have been promoted. So an exchange of large birds against small size birds could be reached. In the airport surroundings it was necessary to eliminate all areas attractive for birds especially with respect to artificial lakes detailed provisions and landscape management has been carried out to minimize bird-strike risk during approach and climbing.