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NBC Environment wins MOD wildlife tender

NBC Environment wins MOD wildlife tender

17, May 2017

NBC Environment have proudly been selected by the Ministry of Defence to provide wildlife management services for six Royal Air Force (RAF) bases in the eastern region. We have been tasked with ensuring runways and areas in the vicinity are kept clear of birds and wildlife, such as deer, rabbits and hares. The contract will run for three years with options to extend by a further two.

The six bases are located in Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire, and include RAF Scampton, home of the world-famous Red Arrows aerobatics team, the Royal Air Force College at RAF Cranwell, and RAF Coningsby, the main operating base for two of the UK’s Typhoon fighter squadrons. Each site is of strategic importance to the UK’s air defence network and we will provide full time and round the clock support as required.

Ian Cain, technical director at NBC Environment, explains:

“Wildlife management is a hugely important consideration for any airfield or airport. A bird strike on an aeroplane or helicopter can be catastrophic both in terms of risks to human life, but also in the damage to the aircraft itself. The threat is compounded in a defence context because runways must often be accessible 24/7 and at short notice.”

NBC Environment has recruited 20 new full-time staff and invested in a fleet of four-wheel drive vehicles equipped with acoustic and visual deterrent systems to ensure sites can be kept clear at all times. Technicians are also equipped with a suite of electronic reporting and management tools to offer the client a real-time and transparent overview of activities. This is NBC’s first long-term contract for the aviation sector and we were one of five short-listed to tender.

Ian Cain continues:

“NBC Environment has been able to bring something entirely new to the aviation sector by combining consultancy with in-house wildlife management, something that’s generally considered an add-on service by competitors in this space.

“Our level of specialism allows us look at sites holistically to identify potential hazards across the safeguard zone as dictated by each of the habitats within it. As such, we are then able to offer practical suggestions on proactive management strategies.”

The initial contract runs until April 2020 and covers RAF Coningsby, RAF Cranwell, RAF Marham, RAF Scampton, RAF Waddington and RAF Wittering.

John Dickson, managing director and founder of NBC Environment, concludes:

“NBC is currently undergoing a period of unprecedented growth. We completed a strategic merger with Blackdown Environmental in February to extend our portfolio of ecology services and we’re also expanding our provision across the UK.

“This contract win demonstrates our ambitions to extend into additional vertical markets. Even when we are in the position of being a challenger brand, we are confident that we have the in-house expertise and a level of innovation that none of our competitors can match at this point.”


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