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STUDENTS AND POST-DOCS

BRANTA — Amy Campbell


The conflict between wildlife conservation and air safety: A case study of birdstrike risk at Manchester Airport from a resident population of Canada Geese Branta canadensis at Tatton Park

Institution: Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Supervisors: C Thomas
Details: MSc 2006 (Completed)

Address: 3 Belfield Road, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 6BJ (Jan 2007) Email

Subject Keywords: Birdstrike, ecological mitigation programme, Manchester Airport, Tatton Park
Species Keywords: Canada Goose Branta canadensis

 

Abstract

Birdstrikes to aircraft are a globally pervasive safety concern. However, wildlife conservation at airports has also become an emerging issue. This conflict between wildlife conservation and air safety is reviewed and discussed. A case study of Manchester Airport’s construction of runway two and the implications of this in terms of ecological mitigation and increased birdstrike risk is considered to give context to the discussion. The bird species Canada Geese Branta canadensis is identified as posing a significant birdstrike risk to Manchester Airport. A population of Canada Geese is examined for the individual study. The study aims to examine the potential birdstrike risk at Manchester Airport from a resident population of Canada Geese based at Tatton Park. Results indicate whether this population of Canada Geese frequent the mitigation sites at Manchester Airport and therefore pose a birdstrike risk.
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