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In autumn – monitoring effectiveness of protection measures

In autumn – monitoring effectiveness of protection measures

Autumn migration starts in August with the peak in September-October and continues until the end of November. In the meantime the project staff is monitoring effectiveness of the protection measures and in particular it applies to the high-voltage electricity lines. Ornithologists concentrate on the crossing points of the high voltage electricity lines and the most intensive birds migration routes based on the maps and yearly observations. Most of such sites were identified at the start of the project and consequently protection measures were installed on the lines with the highest risk for birds. During the project a few types of protection measures were used with the aim to decrease mortality rate of the migrating birds. Spiral markers and bird diverters increase visibility of the wires and these measures were applied on the high intensity routes, e.g. Nemunas river in Kaunas city (it is the biggest wintering site in Lithuania), fishponds and meadows close to Butinge (intensive migration route).

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Third Project Monitoring Committee meeting

Third Project Monitoring Committee meeting

The Third Project Monitoring Committee meeting took place on 15th of November 2017 in Vilnius with participation of project partners from the LOD and AB „Litgrid“ as well as representatives of the Ministry of Environment, State Service for Protected Areas and AB „Elektros skirstomieji tinklai“.

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In autumn – monitoring effectiveness of protection measures

In autumn – monitoring effectiveness of protection measures

Autumn migration starts in August with the peak in September-October and continues until the end of November. In the meantime the project staff is monitoring effectiveness of the protection measures and in particular it applies to the high-voltage electricity lines. Ornithologists concentrate on the crossing points of the high voltage electricity lines and the most intensive birds migration routes based on the maps and yearly observations. Most of such sites were identified at the start of the project and consequently protection measures were installed on the lines with the highest risk for birds. During the project a few types of protection measures were used with the aim to decrease mortality rate of the migrating birds. Spiral markers and bird diverters increase visibility of the wires and these measures were applied on the high intensity routes, e.g. Nemunas river in Kaunas city (it is the biggest wintering site in Lithuania), fishponds and meadows close to Butinge (intensive migration route). 

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Overview of the Common Kestrels breeding season and occupation of nests in 2017

Overview of the Common Kestrels breeding season and occupation of nests in 2017

Kestrel was not a common birds’ species in Lithuania before the start of the project – the population was counted as 150-300 breeding pairs. It’s planned during the project implementation to install 500 nesting boxes, out of which 445 are already in place.

The nests were checked from mid of June until early August. Some nests were checked even twice as the breeding season this year was quite late. Out of 445 nests 71 were occupied by the Kestrels, 65 pairs successfully breed (14,6% out of erected nesting boxes). In total 193 offspring were counted with an increase of 84 individuals comparing with the last year.

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Film „At a junction of two worlds“ – in the DVD format

Film „At a junction of two worlds“ – in the DVD format

Implementing the project “Installation of the bird protection measures on the high voltage electricity transmission grid in Lithuania”, the Lithuanian Ornithological Society created a film “ At a junction of two worlds”, which was also published in the DVD format. The film gives an overview on very actual problem of the birds’ death near the electricity transmission lines, presents the project actions and implemented birds’ protection measures. It’s an attractive and informative tool for the general public on the problems, which are being solved by the project. 

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Monitoring of the Common Kestrels nests

Monitoring of the Common Kestrels nests

One of the project’s key objectives was to improve Common Kestrel’s breeding conditions and seeking to achieve it, more than 500 nesting boxes were erected on the poles of the high voltage electricity transmission lines.

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Live translation form Kestrel nest box

Live translation form Kestrel nest box

In Klaipėda, during project (Installation of the bird protection measures on the high voltage electricity transmission grid in Lithuania) installed nest boxes are used by Kestrel. One of them erected on Klaipeda University several years is used by pair of Kestrel. This time all of you can have opportunity to watch live streaming of Kestrel live in nest box. At this time female is just starting incubation, and probably still lying eggs. As this cold spring was unusual for the birds and they started breeding season one months later than usual. When female is incubating eggs male delivers some prey items and taking place of incubation while female is eating, pray brined by him.

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Birds on Electrogrid project - at LIFE 25 event

Birds on Electrogrid project - at LIFE 25 event

Over 130 participants attended the “LIFE fair/LIFE25” event, which was jointly organised by the Ministry of Environment and Environmental Project Management Agency at the University of the Applied Social Sciences in Vilnius. Minister of Environment, Mr. Kęstutis Navickas, during his welcome speech encouraged participants to submit more projects applications, and, in particular, in the field of LIFE climate change mitigation and LIFE Environmental Governance.

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Project film "At a junction of two worlds"

Project film "At a junction of two worlds"

Implementing the project "Installation of the bird protection measures on the high voltage electricity transmission grid in Lithuania" Lithuanian Ornithological Society created a film revealing the problem of bird mortality near high voltage electricity transmission lines, reviewing project activities and bird protection measures implemented during the project. An attractive, interesting and widely available film is a perfect information source for the general public about the problems being solved during our project.

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The implementation of conservation measures in the high-voltage electricity transmission network is continuing

The implementation of conservation measures in the high-voltage electricity transmission network is continuing

In order to limit the risk of bird mortality due to short circuit or striking into the wires, and improving the breeding conditions of Common Kestrels LITGRID implemented a series of activities planned in the EU financed LIFE+ project “Installation of the bird protection measures on the high voltage electricity transmission grid in Lithuania “ Nr. LIFE13 BIO/LT/001303 in the first quarter of 2016.

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One more nature-friendly high voltage power line

One more nature-friendly high voltage power line

The section of the Nemunas River in Kaunas is the most important bird wintering place in the continental part of Lithuania. Due to exceptional conditions having formed after the construction of hydroelectric power station in Kaunas ( KHE ), open stretches of flowing water remain there  even in the coldest winter months.  Such places are very important for birds, when all other water bodies are frozen. Thousands of water birds gather lower KHE. Last winter we had frosts only one month, but it was enough to see impressive number of birds here. During this year’s wintering waterfowl counts on 16th January observers registered record number of birds here – 15 156.

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The call for submissions for the 3rd "Good Practice" award is open!

The call for submissions for the 3rd "Good Practice" award is open!

Submit your good practice and receive an award at the Energy Infrastructure Forum

The Renewables Grid Initiative is delighted to once again invite European and non European grid operators, project developers, NGOs and public authorities engaged in grid projects to submit their most exciting and innovative good practices for the competition. Practices in the following categories will be rewarded: Communication & Participation, Technology & Design, and Environmental Protection.

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The report on D2 acivity “Ex-ante and post-ante monitoring on the effectiveness of the project conservation actions” was prepared

The report on D2 acivity “Ex-ante and post-ante monitoring on the effectiveness of the project conservation actions” was prepared

After summarizing the monitoring of Project activities in 2015, Project staff has prepared the report of D2 activity (Ex-ante and post-ante monitoring on the effectiveness of the project conservation actions). The report provides the methods of the project conservation actions, which include the monitoring of bird mortality under high voltage power transmission lines before and after putting the measures of visualization, data on White storks mortality of electric charges and the survey of efficiency of nest-boxes for Kestrels. You can find here the data collected prior to implementation of project activities, and data collected in 2015, which helps to evaluate the first results of the actions implemented.

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The implementation of conservation measures in the country's high-voltage electricity transmission network is continuing

The implementation of conservation measures in the country

In order to limit the risk of bird mortality due to short circuit or striking into the wires, and improving the breeding conditions of Common Kestrels. In 2015 LITGRID implemented a series of activities planned in the EU financed LIFE+ project Paukščių apsaugos priemonių įdiegimas Lietuvos aukštos įtampos elektros energijos perdavimo tinkluose“ Nr. LIFE13 BIO/LT/001303. The visibility of the wires was increased putting a special marker on them: 1494 white spiral markers and 1255 bird diverters (in 5, the most dangerous places for birds). 572 spiral markers and 690 bird diverters of the given number were installed in the last quarter of 2015.

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A book for schools is published

A book for schools is published

Lithuanian Ornithological Society has published and started distribution a book for secondary schools “Birds and high voltage electricity transmission lines. When is safe to live?”. The target audience of this booklet is school pupils, and the aim is to describe the given problem and possible solutions. In addition, the booklet invites schoolchildren to join conservation actions, as they can find all information about where and how to send information about dead birds found under high voltage electricity lines.
These activities and public assistance are very important if we want to collect the data on the segments of the lines where bird collisions are the most often, and where the implementation of the specific safeguards could significantly reduce bird mortality and the damage of electricity transmission lines to nature.

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Flocks of wintering waterfowl are already observed in Kaunas

Flocks of wintering waterfowl are already observed in Kaunas

After the first frost millions of birds moved South. A large part of them have passed through Lithuania, another part is still on the move. These days the biggest flocks of passerines have left our country, however, waterfowl are on migration making longer stops in our water bodies. One of such places serving not only as temporary stop, but also as a wintering place, is Kaunas. Kaunas Hydroelectric Power Plant built after damming the River Nemunas in the last century, even during the coldest winters prevents the river waters a few kilometres down the Plant from freezing.

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Kestrel breeding season in nesting boxes in 2015

Kestrel breeding season in nesting boxes in 2015

About the half the planned nesting boxes planned while implementing the project action “Installation of the bird protection measures on the high voltage electricity transmission grid in Lithuania” (LIFE13 BIO / E / 001303) were erected on the high-voltage poles in the Western Lithuania. This year birds have not occupied the new nesting boxes yet, as they were erected late in the season, when kestrels had already chosen their breeding places or had been incubating clutches.

Due to initiative of the Lithuanian Ornithological Society and the Klaipeda University, kestrel nesting boxes were erected four years ago in Western Lithuania, and were successfully used by birds year by year providing useful information for future actions. Nesting boxes were erected on isolated trees or on the buildings in the city of Klaipeda or nearby.

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Ravens are guarding their nests

Ravens are guarding their nests

On the 16th-17th January several pairs of Common Ravens were observed near their nests on the high voltage electricity poles in Trakai and Varėna districts. Birds did not breed, although were preparing their nests and chasing away potential competitors. In several different places both members of the pair were guarding the nests.
Common Ravens start breeding early, usually in February, but sometimes in mild winter conditions can start breeding even in January.

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A project leaflet was produced

A project leaflet was produced

In Nowember 2014 a project leaflet was produced. The leaflet contains information about the main task and objectives of the project, planned actions, target species and means, that are planned to reduce accidental mortality of the birds. The leaflet also presents partyners of the project.

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Projektą „Paukščių apsaugos priemonių įdiegimas Lietuvos aukštos įtampos elektros energijos perdavimo tinkluose“ (LIFE13 BIO/LT/001303) finansuoja Europos Sąjungos aplinkos finansinis mechanizmas „LIFE+“, LR Aplinkos ministerija ir projekto partneriai. Projekto pradžia – 2014 m. birželis, planuojama pabaiga – 2018 m. liepa.