From 21 to 23 April, the ‘Dehesa de Abajo’ Nature Reserve, in Seville, has hosted the 4th Doñana International Birdfair, which brings together amateurs and professionals from both the ornithological world and the field of nature conservation
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Since its inception in 2014, Red Eléctrica has sponsored the Doñana International Birdfair, organised by the Spanish Ornithology Society (SEO/Birdlife), and participates each year in this internationally prestigious ornithological event through various activities and the dissemination of different informative material.
This year, the Company has participated in the 4th Birdfair with the installation of a touch screen in the main marquee. Amateurs and professionals from the ornithological world and the field of nature conservation could see audio-visuals on some of the different species of Iberian birds and learn more about the birdlife projects the Company carries out in the various territories where its electricity infrastructures are located.
Among the audio-visuals provided regarding some of the Iberian species, noteworthy, among others, are the following: the Osprey in the La Janda Lagoon (Cadiz), the Bonelli's Eagle in the Balearic Islands, and the Black Vulture in Catalonia. In particular, of note is Red Eléctrica's collaboration in the conservation of the Spanish Imperial Eagle in Doñana through the supplementation of food during the breeding season and the adaptation of large-sized trees to improve the nesting habitat.
Also among the audio-visuals presented, noteworthy is the project ‘Birds and power lines: Mapping of bird flight paths’; a project for which Red Eléctrica received the European Business Award for the Environment 2014. The outcome of this project was the creation of a geographic information system that integrates data on the flight paths (areas of presence and flyways) of birds that are sensitive to the presence of power lines. This system has helped improve the prevention of impacts on birdlife during the planning and execution phases of new infrastructure projects and allows mitigating actions to be prioritised.