Amsterdam Airport’s Lapwing Problem

Around Amsterdam’s airport, Schiphol, approximately 25,000 birds have settled and seem to be planning nesting activities. That is about 20 percent more than normal.

To drive the birds, mostly lapwings, off, authorities have placed dogs in the fields around the airport. Loudspeakers playing recordings of lapwings in distress have also been placed around the airport in an effort to drive the birds away. The lapwings have migrated from northern Europe and remain in the Netherlands this year due to unseasonably warm temperatures.

Landing and departing aircraft can suffer from damage if the birds fly into the windows or engines.

The grass in the fields around the airport will remain unmowed in an effort to make the birds feel less comfortable.

Source: Schiphol verjaagt kieviten

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