The implementation of conservation measures in the country's 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. In 2015 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.
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.
For the protection of birds, mainly White Storks, against death due to the short circuit, according the special draft study prepared before the Project, special protection measures – 2582 Wishbone and 1820 Saucer type of installations were constructed. Wishbone type of installations prevent the birds from landing in the most dangerous places of high voltage electricity transmission lines supports, while Saucer type of installations fitted over said supports insulators, reduce the possibility of short circuit. Of all these, 405 Wishbone type of installations and 219 Saucer type of installations were installed in the last quarter of 2015.
Apart from bird protection measures, according to the draft study recommendations prepared before the Project, 127 nest-boxes for Common Kestrels were erected on the poles of high voltage electricity transmission lines. Of them, 37 nest-boxes were erected in the last quarter of 2015 (some of them occupied at once, as it was written before). Nest-boxes are erected at such high that they could safely be checked without interruption of power in the high voltage transmission lines.
At present, the implementation of all practical conservation measures is continuing.
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.