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Wildlife at airports

As I'm interested in wildlife as well as aviation, I'm often looking out of aircraft windows when taxing to see what creatures might be about. Recently when I was watching aircraft at LPL doing the Kiev flights, I was aware how many birds were around me in the grass around the taxiway and shrubland surrounding. I saw Kestrels Blackcaps, Swallows and Whitethroat , but most exciting was quite a number Grey Partridge, a once common farmland bird which is now on the countries "red list" being in severe decline. They seem to have a little safe haven around Liverpool Airport, which was great to see. Maybe I should tell the airport , their environmental department could be interested, or perhaps I say nothing and leave the birds to themselves. Has anyone else seen wildlife at their local airport ?
 

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rutamkrd

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Many airports employ ecologists and other wildlife specialists including falconers among their teams.
Mainly to monitor and of course manage risks to aviation . Those feather things can make a mess of your nice and shiny metal enginie thing !

Speke is certain to have rather more variety than many other UK airports with the neighboring estuary and sand banks oh and hares are a particularly prominent mammal in the North West I believe!

Contact the management at Peel there will be someone that’s interested to here from you .
 

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During my days working at LBA I saw Deer, Foxes, Rabbits, Geese and Ducks and numerous birds of prey (used to scare the smaller ones away). Off the airfield but loose were Shetland Pony's escaped from a nearby field. During spotting days around the airfield I once saw a family of stoats walking down the perimeter path. On one occasion there was a dog loose that managed to gain access airside and flights were temporarily suspended.

 

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Many airports employ ecologists and other wildlife specialists including falconers among their teams.
Mainly to monitor and of course manage risks to aviation . Those feather things can make a mess of your nice and shiny metal enginie thing !

Speke is certain to have rather more variety than many other UK airports with the neighboring estuary and sand banks oh and hares are a particularly prominent mammal in the North West I believe!

Contact the management at Peel there will be someone that’s interested to here from you .
thanks for the tip, will drop them a line. I've seen Hares too, normally from plane windows. Have a friend who is head of conservation at Chester Zoo, he was very interested.
 

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I think the big thing about airfields, probably like military areas, there out of bounds for people for the most part and the grassed areas won't be sprayed with herbicides or insecticides.
 

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I’m also into wildlife photography.
I have seen various birds of prey around BHX.Buzzards,Sparrowhawks and Kestrels.Other birds species are also seen.
One thing that is not uncommon are foxes getting onto the grass areas airside.Very often the Ranger chappie,he who goes round in a 4X4, has to scare them away.He also has to scare the birds away,as they can be a real problem some days.
Great for photographers,not so good for the airport people.
 

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I too am interested in wildlife and airports/airfields are indeed a haven for it and frequently watch the sparrowhawks and Buzzards on the hunt at BHX. In the past there were large flocks of waxwings which used to keep the bird scaring crew occupied, also the field at the back of the Tristar hotel from which you could access from Elmdon Lane was infested with rabbits as well as being a great viewing place for aircraft using runway 33and the terminal.
 

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I too am interested in wildlife and airports/airfields are indeed a haven for it and frequently watch the sparrowhawks and Buzzards on the hunt at BHX. In the past there were large flocks of waxwings which used to keep the bird scaring crew occupied, also the field at the back of the Tristar hotel from which you could access from Elmdon Lane was infested with rabbits as well as being a great viewing place for aircraft using runway 33and the terminal.
I've never seen Waxwings, they're stunning.
 

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Many airports employ ecologists and other wildlife specialists including falconers among their teams.
Mainly to monitor and of course manage risks to aviation . Those feather things can make a mess of your nice and shiny metal enginie thing !

Speke is certain to have rather more variety than many other UK airports with the neighboring estuary and sand banks oh and hares are a particularly prominent mammal in the North West I believe!

Contact the management at Peel there will be someone that’s interested to here from you .
I did drop them a line by the way.
 

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If you guys like to combine wildlife and aircraft,then try the London wetlands centre near Barnes.
Lots of birds,waterfowl and smaller birds that prefer Reed beds etc.Also lots of species of ducks,swans and the occasional Egret and Herons.
You can also see various amphibians such as newts and small lizards as well as frogs and toads on warmer days.Allegedly there are grass snakes to,although I have yet to see one there,but I have seen all of the others species mentioned except an Egret.
Combine that with aircraft coming in to land at LHR,depending on landing runway of course,then it does make an excellent day out.
 

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The two interests looks like can work well together if your outside watching aircraft and have a gap waiting for next departure or arrival....take a look to see whatever is in the air near you!
 

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I recall watching a programme on TV some years ago about an airfield where spiky grass was being developed to reduce the risk to aircraft. I don't know how widely used this new grass is but I don't recall ever seeing anything else about it since. I know airports go to great lengths to scare birds (perhaps disperse is a better way of putting it). Most airports use loud speakers paying bird distress noises, flares, lasers and even fire arms are also used at many airports.
 

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Whilst working in an old hangar on a night shift at Manchester airport in 1993, a stoat ran into the avionics crewroom (there was only one door in/out of that crewroom and the hangar doors couldn't be closed!) the 3 avionics engineers that were in there at the time left in rather a hurry as the creature appeared inside with them!
We used to have regular wildlife visitors into the old hangar (Foxes, Stoats and Rabbits to mention a few!)
The airport that I work at now, I haven't seen that much in ground based wildlife but there are a good variety of feathered friends including Linnets, Kestrels, Skylarks, Pied Wagtails and the odd Heron.
 

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