RAF may shoot red kites after helicopter bird strikes

A red kite

A red kite

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RAF Benson says it may have to shoot red kites after two military helicopters hit birds in the last two months.

The base was granted a licence by Natural England last year to shoot the birds but it has not yet used it.

Wing Commander Colin West, the base commander, said: “A growing number of bird strikes, coupled with the size and nature of the red kite, mean that the threat to aircraft safety has increased.”

The birds, reintroduced into The Chilterns in a conservation project after becoming extinct, have become increasingly widespread across the area.

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8:06am Sat 7 Jun 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

No comments from the notorious Oxfordshire faction of the CPRE? Whilst always ready with text from their press-office library when it comes to urban affairs, they somehow manage to remain absolutely silent on so many rural affairs

I do rather like the Red Kites, their presence brings silence to the noise of early morning birdsong.
No comments from the notorious Oxfordshire faction of the CPRE? Whilst always ready with text from their press-office library when it comes to urban affairs, they somehow manage to remain absolutely silent on so many rural affairs I do rather like the Red Kites, their presence brings silence to the noise of early morning birdsong. Andrew:Oxford
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10:56am Sat 7 Jun 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

I'm sure the use of flares would have the effect of scaring the kites away, a far better solution than shooting them.
I'm sure the use of flares would have the effect of scaring the kites away, a far better solution than shooting them. Dilligaf2010
  • Score: 10

3:41pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

Dilligaf2010 wrote:
I'm sure the use of flares would have the effect of scaring the kites away, a far better solution than shooting them.
Or maybe even another hawk which seems to work at Sainsburys Cowley.
[quote][p][bold]Dilligaf2010[/bold] wrote: I'm sure the use of flares would have the effect of scaring the kites away, a far better solution than shooting them.[/p][/quote]Or maybe even another hawk which seems to work at Sainsburys Cowley. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
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5:43pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Isawyoucoming says...

Does Chris Packham know about this.
Does Chris Packham know about this. Isawyoucoming
  • Score: 3

12:19am Sun 8 Jun 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

Isawyoucoming wrote:
Does Chris Packham know about this.
I don't know, but he soon will :)
[quote][p][bold]Isawyoucoming[/bold] wrote: Does Chris Packham know about this.[/p][/quote]I don't know, but he soon will :) Dilligaf2010
  • Score: 3

11:14pm Sun 8 Jun 14

belgarion says...

I can't believe a kite would be so stupid as to take on a Merlin helicopter. It's the only explanation as you can hear them coming from a mile away, so they don't exactly sneak up behind the kites!
I can't believe a kite would be so stupid as to take on a Merlin helicopter. It's the only explanation as you can hear them coming from a mile away, so they don't exactly sneak up behind the kites! belgarion
  • Score: 2

3:48pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Wolf Pack says...

Its the Helicopter's That's the trouble Bloody things comes over our bungalow just above the roof they think they own the place they are a BLOODY MENACE .
Its the Helicopter's That's the trouble Bloody things comes over our bungalow just above the roof they think they own the place they are a BLOODY MENACE . Wolf Pack
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