Elia fits ‘black line’ in Ghent Canal Zone with bird flight diverters


Belgium has 5,700 km of high-voltage lines, many of which comprise a lifethreatening obstacle for birds. According to Natuurpunt, there is an estimated number of at least 170,000 ‘wire victims’ in Belgium every year: birds that sustain life-threatening injuries following a collision with cables.

Elia- operator of the Belgian high-voltage grid - and Natuurpunt are joining forces to tackle this problem by installing ‘bird curlicues’, i.e. clearly visible safety markers on high-voltage lines. Next in line is the 150 kV high-voltage line in the Ghent Canal Zone, between the high-voltage substations of Rodenhuize and Langerbrugge.