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LIFE Birds on Electrogrid - Installation of the bird protection measures on the high voltage electricity transmission grid in Lithuania

LIFE13 BIO/LT/001303


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Contact details:

Contact person: Justina Liaudanskytė-Mažulė
Tel: 37052130498
Fax: 37052130498
Email: justina@birdlife.lt



Project description:

Background

The spread and profusion of electricity power lines makes them a serious threat for a wide range of bird species, including up to 7% of the Species of European Conservation Concern. Birds are at risk due to collisions with wires and electrocution. Based on the experience of other EU countries, high voltage power lines are the most significant threat, especially for heavy bodied and large soaring bird species. Preventing electrocution on power lines is possible, with the installation of electrocution-safe measures, although collisions cannot be completely eliminated.


Objectives

The project aims to improve the conservation status of the migratory, wintering and some breeding bird species occurring in Lithuania, through a reduction in the negative impact of high voltage overhead electricity transmission lines on their populations.

Specific objectives are to:

  • Reduce significantly bird mortality rates due to collisions with electricity lines by using special installations on the wires of high voltage electricity transmission lines;
  • Reduce significantly white stork (Ciconia ciconia) mortality rates due to electrocution, through the installation of protective devices on the pylons of high voltage overhead electricity transmission lines;
  • Support the breeding population of the common kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) and other falcons, through the implementation of supportive conservation measures;
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the conservation actions carried out through the establishment and implementation of a monitoring programme; and
  • Increase public awareness of the problem of bird mortality due to high voltage electricity transmission lines.
  • Expected results:

  • At least 7 100 ‘spiral‘ type and 1 500 high-visibility wire markers erected as bird flight diverters on at least 108 km of high voltage electricity lines in 18 selected sites;
  • At least 6 000 ‘wishbone‘ and 6 000 ‘saucer‘ type installations erected on 1 200 utility poles in different areas of Lithuania for the protection of the white stork; and
  • At least 500 nest-boxes for falcons located on overhead electricity line pylons in different areas around the country.


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Environmental issues addressed:

Themes

Species - Birds


Keywords

endangered species‚  migratory species‚  nature conservation‚  environmental impact of energy


Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable


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Beneficiaries:

Coordinator Lithuanian Ornithological Society
Type of organisation NGO-Foundation
Description The Lithuanian Ornithological Society is an NGO whose main aim is the protection of birds. Its activities include public awareness campaigns, conservation work and initiatives to bring about legislative improvements for bird species and habitats in Lithuania. Since 1994, it has been an affiliated member of BirdLife International.
Partners LITGRID("LITGRID AB"), Lithuania

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Project reference LIFE13 BIO/LT/001303
Duration 01-JUN-2014 to 31-DEC -2018
Total budget 1,565,261.00 €
EU contribution 782,630.00 €
Project location Alytaus apskritis(Lithuania Lietuva) Kauno apskritis(Lithuania Lietuva) Klaipedos apskritis(Lithuania Lietuva) Marijampoles apskritis(Lithuania Lietuva) Panevezio apskritis(Lithuania Lietuva) Siauliu apskritis(Lithuania Lietuva) Taurages apskritis(Lithuania Lietuva) Telsiu apskritis(Lithuania Lietuva) Utenos apskritis(Lithuania Lietuva) Vilniaus apskritis(Lithuania Lietuva) Extra-Regio(Lithuania Lietuva) Associated Lithuania (LT)(Lithuania Lietuva)

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Read more:

Brochure "Paukščių apsaugos priemonių įdiegimas Lietuvos aukštos įtampos elektros energijos perdavimo tinkluose"
Project web site Project's website

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