Wildlife management plan

4.1 To satisfy the requirements of the aerodrome manual, the aerodrome operator should define and set out, in a plan, the details of the procedures for wildlife reduction.  

4.2 The wildlife hazard management plan (WHMP) should specify the operator’s plans to manage wildlife, to reduce the hazard to aircraft and flight safety.  Wildlife hazard management is a specialised area, and operators are recommended to seek expert advice from qualified wildlife hazard experts.  Procedures may be required for cooperation with local and municipal authorities to ensure bird flocking and animal migration are not promoted on or near the aerodrome.  Wildlife hazards may be managed using the operator’s Safety Management Systems.

4.3 This OTAC is intended to provide advice on the framework and tools to build the WHMP.  The section headings in this OTAC may be used as a foundation for a WHMP (Table 1) and using those elements (as applicable to the operation) to go towards building a comprehensive plan.  However, it is vital that the plan reflects the operation and the environment of the aerodrome.  It should contain practical and sustainable processes and procedures to identify, assess, reduce and manage the wildlife hazards and risks that are deemed unacceptable.

Table 1. – Wildlife Hazard Management Plan Example Framework

Section Heading

Content

1. Introduction

 

2. Guidance and Documentation

Listing of reference material used in the WHMP.

3. The Wildlife Hazard Management Plan

 

3.1. Roles and Responsibilities

Who is accountable for safety management and what wildlife control and management roles are required.

3.2. Training /Competency Requirements

An outline of the competencies expected or training levels needed to ensure responsible individuals are fit for duty.

3.3. Birdstrike Definitions & Reporting of Wildlife Strikes

A definition of what constitutes a confirmed, unconfirmed or near miss and the process of recording and reporting strike events.

3.4. Assessment of Risk

Information on identified hazards and what measures are currently in place to reduce risk. Policies and procedures for conducting wildlife strike risk assessments.

3.5. Aerodrome Wildlife Control

 

3.5.1. Aerodrome Wildlife Control – Habitat Management

Aerodrome Habitats; the processes and procedures implemented for managing habitat to reduce risk from wildlife.

3.5.2. Aerodrome Wildlife Control – Active Wildlife Control

Wildlife Control; the dispersal and control measures deployed to reduce remaining risks on airfield and the frequency of their implementation.

3.5.3. Aerodrome Wildlife Control – Safeguarding & Off Airfield Monitoring

Off-Airfield Management; the activities employed by the aerodrome operator to assess and minimise, where necessary, the attraction to wildlife beyond the boundary of the airfield.

3.6. The Wildlife Control Log

The information to be recorded and frequency of records expected for bird and wildlife control activities on the aerodrome.

3.7. Review and Feedback

The monitoring systems and metrics in place that will be used to review wildlife hazard management procedures.

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Change Information

Second issue provides a general update and more guidance on the structure and content of a wildlife management plan.

Third issue fixes broken hyperlinks.

Fourth edition changes terminology to reflect ICAO, and corrects the document serial number.

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