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Action: Use perch-deterrents to stop raptors perching on pylons Bird Conservation

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A single controlled study from the USA found significantly lower raptor activity close to perch-deterrent power lines, compared to control lines. No data were provided on electrocution rates.

 

Supporting evidence from individual studies

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A controlled study from September-August in 2006-2007 in shrubland in Wyoming, USA (Slater & Smith 2010), found that raptor activity and predation rates were significantly lower near a 24.9 km perch-deterrent line, compared to a 16.4 km section of control line (42 sightings vs. 551 and 69 prey items found vs. 277). Golden eagles Aquila chrysaetos and common ravens Corvus corax were the species most commonly observed successfully overcoming deterrent devices (76% of deterrent-line sightings). More raptors perched on wires (rather than pylons) on perch-deterrent lines (228 compared to 11 sightings on control lines; 68% of sightings were rough-legged hawks Buteo lagopus).

 

 

Referenced papers

Please cite as:

Williams, D.R., Child, M.F., Dicks, L.V., Ockendon, N., Pople, R.G., Showler, D.A., Walsh, J.C., zu Ermgassen, E.K.H.J. & Sutherland, W.J. (2018) Bird Conservation. Pages 95-244 in: W.J. Sutherland, L.V. Dicks, N. Ockendon, S.O. Petrovan & R.K. Smith (eds) What Works in Conservation 2018. Open Book Publishers, Cambridge, UK.