15 Mar, 2019 @ 18:09
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IN PICS: eagle-owls and kestrels ELECTROCUTED by cables in crucial Spanish wetland

MASS bird electrocutions have been recorded in a crucial wetland spanning the provinces of Alicante and Valencia.

Environmental group Pego Viu were alerted to reports of raptor die-offs close to electricity pylons in the Pego-Oliva Marshes through social media.

The group said the lines were notoriously ‘dangerous’ to the 1,250 hectare wetland, which is internationally recognised as one of 74 Ramsar sites in Spain.

CRUCIAL: The Pego-Oliva Marshes are an internationally-recognised wetland

“These are not the first nor the last of electrocutions,” a spokesperson for the group said.

“We know the images are not tasteful to see, but it is vital to witness the ignorance of electricity companies and governing entities.”

Birds are electrocuted if they complete a circuit by touching two energised or earthed parts of electricity infrastructure at the same time.

This usually happens when wings touch two conductors. Raptors, such as the eagle-owls and kestrels photographed by Pego Viu, are often most at risk as they have larger wingspans.

NOT THE LAST: Raptors are most at risk of electrocution, which happens when their large wingspans touch two conductor cables at once

The Pego-Oliva Marshes are a safe haven for many pond turtles and wetland birds, such as purple herons and glossy ibis, due to the high-quality fresh water and reed beds just inland from the Costa Blanca.

Pego Viu called upon the town council of Pego to ‘put an end to the electrocution of birds’ by ‘correcting the whole line’.

More to follow…

TRAGIC: Two kestrels found near an electricity pylon

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

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