Electrocution is a serious problem for the conservation of large birds like storks and raptors. Many European raptor species are regularly killed by electrocution on unsafe pylons. Especially high are the numbers for some rare and endangered species like the Bonelli’s Eagle, Spanish Imperial Eagle or Eastern Imperial Eagle, but many other species are also regularly killed.
Researchers from the Conservation Biology Group at the University of Barcelona, lead by Joan Real have now published the results of study called “Predicting and Correcting Electrocution of Birds in Mediterranean Areas”. They found out that with securing only 6% of the most dangerous power lines the number of birds dying from electrocution can be reduced by as much as 70%.
This is very important information. In many countries there is not enough money for securing all pylons and power lines. So the knowledge that securing a small number of pylons can already have big effects on raptor populations is great news for everyone fighting electrocution.
Another serious problem with power lines is collision, which also affects raptors and other endangered species like the Great Bustard.
To learn more about the work of the people at the Conservation Biology Group at the University of Barcelona and electrocution and it’s effect an raptors, click here: