Environmental Services
 
 
     
Corporate Programmes
  Integrated Training Area Management Programme
  Environmental Considerations in Operations
  Base Environmental Management Programmes
  Environmental Management System
  Environmental Education, Awareness and Training
Co-operative Governance Initiatives
  Pom Pom Weed Management
  Energy Efficiency Initiative
  Operation VUSELELA
  Water Efficiency Initiative
Projects
  Integrated Wildlife Hazard Management
  Game Management
Annual Environmental Awards

Integrated Wildlife Hazard Management

In preparing forces, the environment also imposes constraints on military activities. Birds in the airspace and small game on airfields pose a significant threat to the movement of military aircraft. Collisions can result in the loss/damage of expensive equipment and can be potentially fatal both for man and animal. Programmes are devised between Environmental Services and Aviation Safety in the SA Air Force (SAAF) to focus on the management of habitats to anticipate populations and their behaviour on land and in the airspace.


Falconry

Guinea Fowl posing threat

Birdstrike damage on Cessna Caravan

Birdstrike damage on Cessna Caravan

Wildlife hazard management is either pro-active or re-active. Pro-active methods include habitat management techniques where the airfield environment is manipulated to make it as unattractive as possible to birds and small wildlife. Reactive measures include bird-scaring tactics. Currently, bird movement research, habitat manipulation, deterrent actions, natural predators such as cheetahs, border collies and falconry are utilised singularly or in combination at SAAF airfields.

AFB Hoedspruit

Change of habitat: Length of grass
Predators: Cheetahs and warthogs. If noticed carcass removed, tower notified. Monitoring of vulture concentrations.
Deterrent Action: Shooting, culling of birds and warthogs.

AFB Waterkloof

Change of habitat: Length of grass, eradication of invader trees
Predators: Caracal and black-backed jackal
Deterrent Action: Shooting/culling of birds.

AFB Swartkop

Change of habitat: Length of grass, eradication of invader trees
Predators: Black-backed Jackal
Deterrent Action: Shooting/culling of birds

AFB Ysterplaat

Change of habitat: Length of grass
AFB Makhado

Change of habitat: Length of grass
Predators: Cheetah, Black-backed Jackal, Lynx (natural predators)
Deterrent Action: Shooting/culling of birds and warthogs.

AFB Langebaanweg

Change of habitat: Length of grass, eradication of invader trees

AFB Overberg

Change of habitat: Length of grass

AF Station Port Elizabeth, AFB Durban and AFB Bloemspruit

Share runway with Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA)

 

Border Collie trained to harass birds on airfields