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20/12/12: Electricity North West flies into action to help protect birds

Electricity North West engineers are scaling new heights to help protect the safety of birds in Longridge, Lancashire. Kathryn Ruscoe, Estates and Wayleaves Officer for Electricity North West with on of the special bird diverters

Overhead lineworkers have been working at a height of 79ft to put in place more than 40 special diverters onto 274 metres of overhead powerlines to help protect birds near Alston Reservoir.

The work, which is part of Electricity North West’s ongoing flight diverter programme, comes after reports were received that birds, including swans and geese, were colliding with overhead powerlines.

Electricity North West construction manager, Dave Kenneford, said: “The diverters will help deter the swans by making the lines easier for the birds to see and avoid.

“We take matters regarding wildlife and the environment very seriously and we work hard to react quickly to help protect birds and our customers’ power supply.”

David Morris, RSPB area conservation manager for the North West, said: “Large birds such as swans and geese are less maneuverable than small birds and can sometimes hit powerlines, especially close to water as birds are likely to fly low.

“Increasing the visibility of powerlines can help reduce collision so we welcome Electricity North West’s decision to put in place these highly visible deflectors to help protect the birds.”

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