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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:

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