Radar4birds offers scientific services for deploying radars for bird studies.

We offer our radar services and our expertise to track birds in flight for:

  • monitoring diurnal and nocturnal migration;

  • determining aerial traffic in airports;

  • assessing collision risk to power lines;

  • evaluating bird passage over wind farms;

  • carrying out census of nocturnal migrants and seabirds.

We rely on:

  • X-band radars with horizontal and vertical scanning, depending on requirements;

  • Independent mobile radar stations to carry out field studies or stationary apparatuses;

  • Specifically developed software for recording, archiving and analysing bird tracks;

  • Keen ornithologists for integrative observations and bird species recognition during daytime.

What can a bird radar detect?

Bird radars can scan the sky in two main modes: an horizontal scan and a vertical scan. With an horizontal scan it is possible to detect and record the trajectories of the birds and to obtain, ground speed and direction of the birds while in the vertical mode it is possible to record the flight altitude.

In both cases radars can be used to count the number of birds and to infer the avian traffic over the area.