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Aviation: Canada Geese

Volume 708: debated on Wednesday 4 March 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what powers are available to the relevant authorities to require landowners to control or reduce populations of Canada geese when they could cause danger to aviation. [HL1560]

Airport operators are required to have appropriate bird control measures in place. Where such measures are required outside of the airport boundary they will have to be implemented with the co-operation of the landowners concerned. Landowners who do not co-operate with the airport operator risk prosecution under Article 73 of the Air Navigation Order 2005 if their lack of co-operation endangers the safety of aircraft using the airport.

Airport operators also have to be consulted during the planning process on all proposed developments in their vicinity. They can oppose any developments which could increase the risk of bird strikes at their airports.