How high do birds fly? Development of methods and analysis of digital aerial data of seabird flight heights

Author(s): Alison Johnston & Aonghais, S.C.P. Cook

Published: March 2016   Issue No.: 676 Pages: 53pp

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The purpose of this work was to develop a method for analysing digital aerial ornithology survey data, to derive species-specific flight heights. The focus of this work has been to develop an approach to analysis, rather than analysing a comprehensive dataset to derive generic flight height values.  Although the project has been successful in developing such an approach to analysis, the BTO and Steering Group for the work emphasises that the values presented in this report are not intended to be used to inform assessments.

Any party undertaking an ornithological collision risk assessment should seek advice from the relevant regulators and statutory nature conservation bodies on appropriate flight height values and avoidance rates to use. This report does not constitute such statutory advice.

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