Looking after our local residents

At Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission (SHE Transmission) we try to do all we can to accommodate residents in the areas we work in, and that includes the local wildlife.

In this short video, featuring Alyth substation project manager, Gordon Pope and Highland Foundation for Wildlife osprey expert, Roy Dennis we look at how we’ve helped a pair of ospreys relocate from the top of a transmission tower to a purpose built nest.

These fish-eating birds are one of our most spectacular birds of prey, with just one pair listed in Scotland in 1960. That number has now risen to as many as 270 pairs across the country, but they remain an Amber List species because of the historical decline of their breed through illegal hunting and low breeding numbers.

They generally arrive back from Africa around this time of year – leaving again in August and September - and while they feature in our video, you can see them in all of their glory at various public viewing facilities, including Loch Garten (Highlands), Wigtown (Dumfries and Galloway) and Loch of the Lowes (Perthshire). There is also a breeding pair in Bassenthwaite in Cumbria, two pairs with viewing facilities in Wales and they can be seen at almost any large body of freshwater during their spring and autumn migration.