Trying to avoid a swansong
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.