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— Watch live: White Storks’ nest —

The White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) is an iconic bird species, a symbol of migrating birds, the herald of the beginning of spring. Every year tens of thousands of people await its arrival, having become accustomed to its presence and nesting in their villages or towns. Unfortunately, storks are also frequent victims of electrocution – the electric shock that happens when they land/use the power line poles. To keep these risk to a minimum, we are replacing risky bare conductors with insulated ones on poles in the project area within the LIFE Danube Free Sky project in cooperation with the distribution energy company HEP. Special bird flight diverters are installed in cooperation with HEP and transmission company HOPS as a precaution against collisions with power lines. This allows our precious storks to safely return to their breeding sites each year and raise their chicks. This nest is located in the village of Kopačevo, next to the Kopački rit Nature Park. Previous nest, built by the pair, was placed on the crossarm of an electric pole and was surrounded by electric wires.  In order to secure safety for the pair and their nestlings, and since the old nest was in poor condition and there was risk of it collapsing, it was moved to new metal platform installed by project partner HEP away from electrical infrastructure. You can now watch this beautiful natural spectacle with us in real time online thanks to the LIFE Danube Free Sky project.

Official logo of the Nationalpark Donau-auen in Austria Official logo of the Österreichische Bundesbahnen - Austrian railway company Official logo of the Slovak electricity transmission system, Plc. company Official logo of the Energy distributor for the Western Slovakia Official logo of the Raptor Protection of Slovakia Official logo of MAVIR - energy distribution company in Hungary Official logo of the HEP-Distribution system operator ltd. in Croatia Official logo of the HOPS  - Croatian Transmission System Operator company
Official logo of the Kopački Rit national park in Croatia Official logo of the Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia Official logo of the Elektrodistribucija Srbije Ltd. Belgrade (electricity distributor company in Serbia) Official logo of the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds Official logo of the CEZ Distribution Bulgaria AD - energy distribution company Official logo of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Authority - national park in Romania Official logo of the E-Distribuție Dobrogea - energy distribution company in Romania

LIFE Programme

The LIFE DANUBE FREE SKY project has received funding from the LIFE Programme of the European Union. More info.

Natura 2000

The LIFE DANUBE FREE SKY project is part of nature conservation and biodiversity projects in Natura 2000. More info.

Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic

The LIFE Danube Free Sky project is co-financed by the Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic.

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