Birds on Electrogrid


Birds’ nests on the high voltage electricity poles

During the monitoring activities of the high voltage electricity poles, when the potentially dangerous sections of the electricity grid were identified, numerous nests in the inappropriate places were observed. These nests shall be moved after the breeding season, as it increase chance of short circuit. Installation of the Saucer type protection measures is very important for the population of the White Stork (Ciconia ciconia), as the feeding and breeding area of these birds are close to the electricity lines. However, it must be admitted that the number of nests on the high voltage electricity lines is low in proportion to the low voltage electricity lines.


The first project‘s stage is being finalised

The Lithuanian Ornithological Society in partnership with AB “Litgrid”, which is the high voltage transmission lines operator in Lithuania, started a four years project “Installation of the bird protection measures on the high voltage electricity transmission grid in Lithuania” (LIFE13 BIO/LT/001303). The project is financed by the EU LIFE+ Programme.


Special nesting-box for kestrels created and precise places for erection of nesting boxes selected

One of the main project‘s objective seeks to improve the breeding populations of various kestrel species while applying special technical measures. It is planned to erect 500 nesting boxes for kestrels on the electricity poles overall in Lithuania.
The Common Kestrel is widespread in the whole Lithuania, however very sporadically. The species is uncommon, the long-term abundance trends of the population are unknown, and therefore the Kestrel is included into Lithuanian Red Data Book. It is estimated that in the country breed approximately 300 pairs. In natural conditions birds usually breed in the abandoned nests of corvids, however quite often they are found in various niches of buildings and in the specially erected nesting boxes. It is expected that the nesting boxes will be occupied by the kestrel is the future and the population of this bird will increase. During the first stage the nesting boxes will be erected in the area, where the kestrels are observed during the breeding period. During the second stage the nesting boxes will be erected in the whole Lithuania.


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.