Firm flies into action to help protect birds

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Electricity North West engineers are scaling new heights to help protect the safety of birds in Longridge.

Overhead lineworkers will be working at a height of 79ft to put in place more than 40 special diverters onto 274 metres of overhead powerlines to help protect birds near Alston Reservoir.

It comes after reports were received that birds, including swans and geese, were colliding with overhead powerlines.

Electricity North West construction manager, Dave Kenneford, said: “The diverters will help deter the swans by spinning in the wind, making the lines easier for the birds to see and avoid.

“We take matters regarding wildlife and the environment very seriously.”