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Exkurzia VSF fotoThe operator of the distribution system in Croatia, HEP DSO, is installing bird flight diverters on the 35 kV powerline Bilje - Kneževi Vinogradi. The diverters are installed using a drone that can install two diverters with one charge. They are placed in such a way that the drone is positioned above the protective rope and the diverter clip is lowered under the rope and by a sudden lift, it hooks the clip to the rope, which is then closed. With this activity, more than 13 km of powerlines will be safer for birds and the risk of birds colliding with powerlines will be reduced.

Exkurzia VSF fotoIn Croatia, on February 21, three artificial aluminum nest boxes for the Saker Falcon were installed in cooperation with the distribution system operator HEP DSO on a section of the 35 kV powerline. The Saker Falcon is a strictly protected species in the Republic of Croatia, whose breeding population is critically endangered. It is estimated that only 3 to 5 pairs nest in Croatia. As part of the LIFE Danube Free Sky project, this activity increased the chances of its nesting again in the wider area of the Kopački rit Nature Park. Next to the nest boxes, video surveillance systems have been installed. Cameras with a motion sensor and solar power will give a constant insight into the activities in the nests without the need to visit them. We are happy that one nest was already visited by male Common kestrel not even 24 hours after it was installed. 

 

Exkurzia VSF fotoJoin us!🙂 From 10:00 - 12:00 we invite you to a birdwatching event at Hrušovská zdrž (Čunovo - Bratislava, Slovakia) with expert commentary, we will also talk about the activities we are implementing to protect birds from hitting power lines with the demonstrations of flight diverters. 

The event will be held in the Slovak language, more information can be found in the invitation (in SK): HERE.

Hrušovská zdrž is part of the Special Protection Area Dunajské luhy, which was declared also for the protection of wintering birds. This place has become a key wintering site for several species. Flocks of wintering Tufted Duck and Common Pochard reach one of the highest numbers in Central Europe. Wintering Common Goldeneye in severe winters even forms the largest aggregations in Europe. In total, more than 40 species of waterfowl can be observed here during the winter. 

F.1.1 Project Board Meeting 23 11 2022 zmensenaThe first in-person meeting of the project partners after 2 years of restrictions has been conducted on the 23rd of November in the Hungarian city of Tata. The topics we discussed were focused on the project action status, next steps, and fruitful discussions between the project partners about the best practices of using various types of flight diverters. We are very glad that we could meet personally after a long period of time.

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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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