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The Wildlife and Aircraft Research Namibia Project

The Wildlife and Aircraft Research Namibia Project started in 2008 as a Doctorate Research project of Morgan Hauptfleisch, deputy HOD of the Polytechnic’s Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Sciences. The project is a partnership between the Polytechnic, NAC, the Centre for Environmental Management of the University of the Free State and the Southern African Institute for Environmental Assessment (SAIEA).

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Experiment to test the influence of apron lights

Photo below: Christa D’Alton collecting insects at a light trap at Eros

To determine the effect of apron lights on the risk of collisions with insectivorous birds an experiment to determine the effect of light as an attraction to insects at airports is underway. 180 light trap stations with different coloured lights (yellow, orange, white and no light) were set up at Eros and Hosea Kutako airports, The traps collected insects over a 6 day period in April. Data analysis is underway to determine how many, and what variety of insects are attracted to the different light sources. Preliminary results indicate the following:

Insects tell us how productive airport sites are

Dirk Bockmühl made use of the so-called SAGraSS method to determine the productivity of areas under different land uses at Eros and Hosea Kutako. This could tell us how many insect eating birds may be attracted to these areas, and why. He has completed almost all of the practical work, i.e. collecting insects and sorting them into

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