Video launch: Shared Airspace - Protecting birds along the grid

We are delighted to share a new video series highlighting - in 8 EU-languages - the potential problems faced by some avian species on electricity infrastructure, as well as the solutions available to remedy this.

Be it a row of swallows along a power line or a watchful raptor atop a pylon, interactions between birds and the grid are a familiar sight. Unfortunately, this relationship is not always peaceful. Indeed, without proper planning or mitigation measures, collision and electrocution with power lines can pose a real threat to some avian species. Thankfully, solutions exist.

With this new video series, we want to shine a light on some of the solution strategies out there as we continute to work towards an electricity grid which is truly 'bird-friendly'. These include: collaboration between industry & civil society, standardised data collection & an open-data approach, and more. One such solution is RGI's collaborative 'Bird Portal' project, with German nature conservation NGO, NABU, and 7 German grid operators. You can read more about the project in English here

Below you will find a 5-minute video in both English and German. This is available on our YouTube channel with subtitles in French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch and Polish.

Underneath the main films, you will find a series of interview-videos with experts from the world of grid operation and bird protection. These will also soon be available with subtitles on our YouTube channel.

Film in English and German

 

Shared Airspace | Protecting birds along the grid (EN)

Gemeinsamer Luftraum | Vogelsicherheit entlang des Netzes (DE)


Interview videos

Below you will find a selection of video-interviews with experts from the world of grid operation and bird protection, who share their experiences, expertise and information about ongoing initiatives in protecting birds along the electricity grid.


Interview with Eric Neuling | Bird Conservation Officer, NABU


Interview with Liam Innis | Manager - Energy Ecosystems, RGI


Interview with Patricia Mela | Mediator of the National Avifauna Committee, ENEDIS / SafeLines4Birds


Interview with Christin Osadnik | Nature Protection Officer, Amprion GmbH


Interview with Dominique Verbelen | Scientific Officer for Birds and Amphibians, Natuurpunt


Interview mit Catherina Schlüter | Referentin Vogelschutz, NABU


Interview mit Marc Giesen | Leiter Hochspannungsfreileitung beim deutschen Verteilnetzbetreiber, Westnetz GmbH


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Contact

Liam Innis
Senior Manager - Energy Ecosystems

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+49 30 2332 11032
liam[at]renewables-grid.eu

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