‘Bird diverter’ appeal for Needham power lines succeeds

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Needham residents say they are pleased their concerns have been heard after new safety measures were confirmed for power lines that have recently been struck by several birds.

The Diss Express reported last week the effort by a number of landowners near the High Road marshland area to have ‘bird diverters’ — bright plastic globes — installed on the high-voltage cables overhead, after three swans hit the lines within just ten days last month.

One of the birds died of its injuries, while the other two were treated at Oakwood Vets in Harleston and then handed to the RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre in King’s Lynn.

UK Power Networks, which owns and maintains the lines, conducted an on-site assessment last week, and informed local residents on Monday that the company had agreed to install the globes, to make the cables more visible to wildlife.

David Green, of High Road, who helped rescue the injured swans, said: “All the landowners concerned are very pleased that UK Power Networks has agreed to carry out this work which will undoubtedly save the lives of swans, geese and other wild birds in the years ahead.”