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The number of bird strikes at Britain’s airports has nearly doubled in recent years, according to the CAA.

More than 2,200 were recorded in both 2011 and 2012 – nearly 1,000 more than in 2007 when 1,299 were reported.

However, the increased number reflects more vigorous reporting rules which have been put in place.

More pilots are also reporting damage to their aircraft from the bird strikes. In two cases, pilots had to issue Mayday calls.

Heathrow recorded the most bird strikes, followed by Gatwick, Luton, Manchester, London City and Birmingham.