Birdstrikes

Information about the significant threat posed to aircraft by birdstrikes.

Mandatory Reporting of Birdstrikes in the UK

The CAA has launched a campaign to emphasise the importance of obtaining identification of bird species following a birdstrike occurrence:

CAA Press Release: CAA calls for improved bird identification following birdstrikes
Birdstrike campaign poster

Mandatory Reporting of Birdstrikes in the UK came into force on 16 December 2003. Read the CAA News Release here.

Article 227 of the Air Navigation Order refers to the mandatory requirement to report birdstrikes in the UK.

The following CAA document provides information on the increasing threat of large flocking birds: Large Flocking Birds - An International Conflict Between Conservation and Air Safety.

Should you have any questions regarding birdstrike issues, please email us via birdstrikes@caa.co.uk.

Online Birdstrike Reporting System

Following successful trials involving several UK licensed aerodromes, online reporting for Birdstrike Occurrence was introduced on 1 January 2008.

Further details can be found on the CAA News Release: CAA Introduces Online Birdstrike Reporting System

Please Note: Online reporting is the preferred method for reporting birdstrike occurrences to the CAA. However, form SRG 2004 (formerly CA 1282) will still be available for a further period of time. Reportees are reminded that form SRG 2004 cannot be completed or submitted online, but should be either faxed to the number notified on the form, or posted using the Freepost address.

UK Birdstrike Data

The CAA's view is that the volume of birdstrikes reported at a particular airport or aerodrome does not imply greater hazard. Due to the limitations of unanalysed raw data, users should exercise extreme caution in forming any conclusion or opinion based on quantitative data alone.

The CAA disclaims all responsibility for any interpretation which might be made by others in receipt of this birdstrike data.

The CAA intends to publish and review relevant data within certain time scales, as listed below.

Period

Inputs

Publish

Review

Quarter 1

January-March

By end June

December

Quarter 2

April-June

By end September

December

Quarter 3

July-September

By end December

June

Quarter 4

October-December

By end March

June

Monthly Total Birdstrikes

Statistics for 1990-1994
Statistics for 1995-1999
Statistics for 2000-2003
Statistics for 2004-2009
Statistics for 2008-2010
Statistics for 2009-2011
Statistics for 2010-2012
Statistics for 2011-2013 
Quarterly Confirmed Birdstrikes Statistics for 2009-2011
Quarterly Confirmed Birdstrikes Statistics for 2010-2012
Quarterly Confirmed Birdstrikes Statistics for 2011-2013

Statistics for 2008 - Top Ten Species (Total)
Statistics for 2009 - Top Ten Species (Total)
Statistics for 2010 - Top Ten Species (Total)
Statistics for 2011 - Top Ten Species (Total)
Statistics for 2012 - Top Ten Species (Total)
Statistics for 2009 - Top Species (by month)
Statistics for 2010 - Top Species (by month)
Statistics for 2010 - Unknown Species against Total Number of Birdstrikes by Month
Statistics for 2011 - Top Species (by quarter)
Statistics for 2012 - Top Species (by quarter)
Statistics for 2013 - Top Species (by quarter)

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