There are several hundred collisions between planes and birds annually, so called bird strikes. These collisions can present a risk to air travel. Luckily these collisions rarely lead to serious incidents, but they often lead to delays. Planes have to be grounded and expensive repairs have to be carried out. No civil aircraft has crashed in Norway due to bird strikes, although four Norwegian military planes have crashed after colliding with birds.


The Dokka Delta Wetland Centre will now assist Avinor with establishing which bird species have been involved in bird strikes and contribute with relevant statistics concerning time of year, height of collision, plane type etc. Furthermore, we will provide advice and offer suggestions that aim to reduce the chance of collisions. This can for example be measures to make airports less attractive for birds, considering changes to the area around airports, or various measures to scare birds away from airports.


We believe that the combination of The Dokka Delta Wetland Centre’s expertise in ornithology, and our experience of restoring and maintaining various habitat types, will allow us to make a positive contribution to reducing collisions between birds and planes.


Staff from The Dokka Delta Wetland Centre visited Avinor on Monday 1st April 2019 to sign the contract and to go through the ornithological services we shall provide concerning planes and birds.


Executive Vice President of Operations and Infrastructure at Avinor Stine Ramstad Westby signed the contract with Dokka Delta Wetland Centre.