RAF Benson says it may have to shoot red kites after two military helicopters hit birds in the last two months.
The base was granted a licence by Natural England last year to shoot the birds but it has not yet used it.
Wing Commander Colin West, the base commander, said: “A growing number of bird strikes, coupled with the size and nature of the red kite, mean that the threat to aircraft safety has increased.”
The birds, reintroduced into The Chilterns in a conservation project after becoming extinct, have become increasingly widespread across the area.
8:30am Friday 31st July 2015
BOBBIES will be given more time on the beat and ‘hot spots’ of crime are to be tackled after a landmark policing review.
6:00am Friday 31st July 2015
A FORMER pub in Oxford is set to be transformed into a Caribbean restaurant after sitting empty for nearly six months.
1:10pm Friday 31st July 2015
A WOMAN has reportedly been taken to hospital after crashing into the back of a row of parked taxis in the centre of Abingdon this morning.
10:17am Friday 31st July 2015
CANISTERS containing an unknown substance have now been removed from a house in Cowley, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.
11:42am Friday 31st July 2015
A man has been charged after a woman was sexually assaulted in Sandford-on-Thames yesterday.
10:22am Friday 31st July 2015
THEY’RE almost as rare as hen’s teeth, but a blue moon will shine over Oxfordshire tonight.