Try­ing to avoid a swan­song

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The Canal & River Trust has teamed up with power sup­pli­ers to save swans, geese and other wild­fowl from the per­ils of over­head lines.

North­ern Pow­er­grid en­gi­neers have in­stalled brightly-coloured mark­ers along a sec­tion of Don­caster’s Stain­forth & Keadby Canal to in­crease vis­i­bil­ity of the lines to birds, par­tic­u­larly those fly­ing from nearby Stani­land Ma­rina.

CRT con­tacted the power com­pany to re­quest the in­stal­la­tion of flight di­vert­ers fol­low­ing the re­port from a mem­ber of the pub­lic of a dead swan.

Jonny Hart-Woods, Se­nior Ecol­o­gist at the Trust said: “Col­li­sions with power lines are a ma­jor cause of se­ri­ous in­jury for large species such as swans, geese and other wild­fowl that can­not change di­rec­tion quickly. These birds can ac­ci­den­tally fly into power lines be­cause they do not see them at all, or they see them too late to re­act and they’re in­jured, which of­ten in this sit­u­a­tion proves to be fa­tal.”

He added: “It’s great to see the flight di­vert­ers in­stalled to make this wa­ter­way safer for our feath­ered friends. We’ve been im­pressed by the re­spon­sive­ness to our re­quest by North­ern Pow­er­grid and see this im­prove­ment in place in just a few weeks.”

The di­vert­ers have been in­stalled along a 300-me­tre stretch at nine-me­tre in­ter­vals and will high­light the pres­ence of power lines.

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