Why use Landsafe International?
Extensive research was undertaken through 2014/15 to establish the current general quality of airfield habitat management and bird control, and the factors that influence that quality.
The study concluded that the vast majority of airports were not reaching the management quality levels that should be reasonably expected of their specific site. There were a multitude of reasons for this:
- Guidance documentation was too rigid in its approach – i.e. a ‘one size fits all’ management programme was prescribed.
- Management programmes were not tailored to the unique aspects of the airport – soil type, grass species, nutrient status, drainage, climate etc.
- Grounds maintenance contractors were often entrusted with the development of a maintenance programme for the site. This frequently led to inappropriate programmes and cost-cutting exercises.
- There was often several layers of airport personnel between the grounds maintenance contractor and the member of airport staff who has the authority to invoke changes to the grounds maintenance delivery. This meant problems were frequently not dealt with.
- Maintenance regimes were not updated through the year to reflect changing weather and ground conditions.
These and many more findings have led to the conclusion that the provision of an accreditation, delivered by industry experts and encouraged by industry leading bodies, would bring about quality assured, high standard, consistent airfield management leading to higher quality birdstrike risk management, ultimately globally.
Who are Landsafe International?
Landsafe International was established in 2016 – the result of extensive consultation with key industry bodies. These include national and international aviation authorities, bird control and habitat management consultancies, airlines, aviation insurers, brokers and airports.
The accreditation has combined the expertise and guidance of these bodies to develop a programme which will raise and maintain airfield habitat management standards across the global aviation industry.
Airports are verified using the combined expertise of two highly respected organisations in the sector – STRI Ltd and Birdstrike Management Ltd.
STRI Ltd are a grassland and habitat management research and consultancy specialising in aviation, sports, landscape and amenity.
Established in 1929, STRI has long been the world authority on landscape management. STRI has recently revised the habitat management section of the UK CAA CAP772 and is now developing revised habitat management policies in other aviation sectors.
Birdstrike Management Ltd
Birdstrike Management Ltd (BML) staff have been delivering bird and wildlife strike reduction programmes and quality assurance checks globally since the 1990s. These services, combined with their extensive training programmes, have earned BML a strong reputation in the aviation sector.