Can birds dodge high-speed trains?

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Our Wildworld -

A Birds can learn to judge the speed of on­com­ing traf­fic and es­cape, but this gets harder when said traf­fic is mov­ing at 300kph. Re­search on the Madrid-Al­bacete line of Spain’s high­speed AVE rail net­work has shown that the death-rate can reach 60 birds per km per year, which would ex­trap­o­late to some 200,000 deaths an­nu­ally across the net­work. Speed is not the only prob­lem. In­fra­struc­ture such as pow­er­lines is at­trac­tive to perch­ing birds, rais­ing the sug­ges­tion that these could be de­signed to re­duce ca­su­al­ties. We should also re­mem­ber that some 27 mil­lion birds die each year on UK roads. Stu­art Black­man

Spot­less star­lings: one species af­fected by fast trains.

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