As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday 20 February 2019

The US Air Force is gearing up for a bird massacre in the English countryside


By Justin Rohrlich & Heather Timmons January 31, 2019
The county of Cambridgeshire in eastern England is known for its medieval college town, miles of marshy lowlands, and plethora of bird life. The latter poses some ongoing hazards for US Air Force pilots stationed there. According to a recently released federal-contracting document, the US military is looking to hire a wildlife-control expert for a four-year job that will “focus on eliminating or minimizing wildlife hazards for safe air and ground support operations” at two bases in Lakenheath and Mildenhall.
The US Air Force, which has thousands of personnel at British Royal Air Force bases at Lakenheath and Mildenhall, seeks to “reduce the attraction of wildlife to the airbase” and “deny the use of airspace to birds there.”
Qualified vendors “shall perform bird and wildlife control necessary to repel, capture, or kill as authorized,” the Air Force bid request states. “The contractor shall provide any air rifles or other hunting weapons as well as the necessary ammunition. The contractor shall furnish munitions storage.” It adds, “The contractor shall retrieve and properly dispose of the remains of all disabled, maimed or dead animals from the airfield/aerodrome area in accordance with UK laws and regulations.”
The contractor may also use dogs, “non-lethal harassment” (aka firecrackers), as well as “trapping, relocation, depredation, removal, disposal, airfield patrol, [and] perimeter fence monitoring,” among other options.

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