Kan Ni (Gatwick Head of Airside) and Richard Stuttard (Landsafe International) with Gatwick's accreditation award

Landsafe award Gatwick first habitat management accreditation

Landsafe International has granted London Gatwick its first accreditation in recognition of the airport’s efforts to effectively manage the airfield habitat and reduce the risk of birdstrike.

Independent data has shown that more than 70% of birdstrike incidents occur within airfield boundaries. However, when coupled with effective bird control procedures, airfield habitat management can reduce birdstrike risk by up to 60%.

All UK airports are obligated by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to assess the birdstrike risk at their aerodromes. Landsafe International is a global airfield habitat management and bird control accreditation, which assesses the efficacy of each airport’s bird control strategy.


Gatwick airport with their Landsafe International accreditation award



As part of the thorough inspection process, Gatwick was audited on-site by Landsafe International assessors against a series of key habitat management criteria, including: grass species, long and short grass expanses, pest infestations, scrubland, pathways and site drainage.

The airport’s bird control management plan was also assessed, which includes a team of 48 operational staff undertaking dedicated 12 hour shifts on bird control duties, specialist bird control vehicles and equipment to emit ‘distress calls’ to disperse birds as well as detailed bird species logging.


Gatwick Airport’s Head of Airside, Kan Ni, said:

“We are delighted to have achieved this new accreditation, which is important recognition for the airport to show how it has continued to go above and beyond its duties in this area.
“Our operational teams work incredibly hard around the clock to ensure the airfield’s habitat is managed effectively and in doing so, reduce the risk of birdstrike at Gatwick.”


Richard Stuttard, representing Landsafe International, said:

“Gatwick Airport is the first airport to undertake the accreditation process and Landsafe International is delighted that an airport with the stature of Gatwick and with its extremely proactive approach to habitat management and bird control, has agreed to be our flagship airport.

“Landsafe provides independent assurance to all interested parties that an airport is doing everything practically possible to minimise risk. We look forward to launching the accreditation globally in the coming months.”

Gatwick Airport begin accreditation process

Landsafe International is delighted to announce Gatwick Airport as the first site to begin our accreditation process.

A long standing advocate of best practice, high habitat management and bird control standards were witnessed at Gatwick during our recent first assessment visit.

We look forward to working with the airside team throughout the remainder of the accreditation process and would like to thank them for their enthusiasm and cooperation so far.

Receiving a Landsafe International accreditation provides a previously unavailable combination of quality assurance and, where necessary, bespoke advice to raise or enhance operating standards.

Delivered by recognised experts in the fields of habitat management and bird control, the accreditation delivers value on multiple levels including enhanced risk management and operational efficiency through to elevated airline and passenger confidence.

Please contact us at enquiries@landsafeinternational.com to learn more.


Landsafe International sponsors CAA Birdstrike Conference

Landsafe International is delighted to announce it will be sponsoring the UK CAA Birdstrike Conference, which is being held in Bristol, UK, on September 7th-8th 2016.

Landsafe International representative, Richard Stuttard,  said: “Landsafe International is proud to be sponsoring the CAA Birdstrike Conference.

“The coming together of a broad range of aviation industry representatives and technical experts to discuss, learn and innovate in the field of birdstrike management is the perfect venue for us to provide a valuable contribution to proceedings.

“We want to raise awareness of the options now available to airport operators, both in the UK and overseas. To develop bespoke airfield management regimes and increase the efficacy of bird control procedures.”