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The difficulties encountered in interpreting the available data, which arise from incomplete or inaccurate information being submitted, or from inconsistent reporting by national organisations, illustrate the importance of recording and reporting birdstrike incidents. Even allowing for the fact that birdstrikes with large birds, and especially those with flocks, are more likely to be reported, it is probable that the database established for this project contains only a fraction of the incidents that have actually occurred. Nevertheless, some broad conclusions can be drawn from the data available, and as more data are collected, predictions and estimates can be refined and the true level of risk from large flocking birds determined. Hopefully, these data can be used to inform future decisions on aircraft certification standards.