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ROYAL VISIT MARKS LAUNCH OF GLAZING TO SAVE BIRDS’ LIVES


An award-winning glass specialist has launched a unique glazing in the UK which will save birds lives. The glass has seen its first use in a lookout tower in Lindisfarne, recently opened by HRH the Prince of Wales.


Each migration season millions of birds die by crashing into glazed buildings, but Germany’s Arnold Glas have developed a glass more visible to our feathered friends. Called Ornilux, the glass has been installed in the lookout tower and visitors centre on Holy Island, at Lindisfarne.


Ornilux is part of a new movement called bio-mimicry where science and art emulate nature’s best biological ideas to solve human problems.


Unlike humans, birds have the ability to see light in the ultra-violet spectrum and in nature Orb Weaver spiders incorporate UV reflective strands of silk in their webs, so birds will not fly through and destroy them. Like the Orb Weaver web, Ornilux glazing has a web of lines coated onto the glass which are barely discernible to humans but reflect the UV light, alerting birds to the presence of glass.


Dave Wyatt, Head of the Arnold Group’s UK operations said: “Te project at Lindisfarne is our first use of the bird saving or Ornilux glass in the UK. It’s a system which has been in development for years and through extensive testing we have seen the glazing significantly reduce bird strikes.


“Ornilux has already seen considerable success in the US, being used in a number of high profile buildings and winning a number of international awards. We are now keen to see the UK adopt a similarly progressive approach to protect bird populations.”


Euan Millar, director of Icosis, the


architects behind the Lindisfarne project, said: “Considering the native bird


‘Ornilux has already seen considerable success in the US, being used in a number of high profile buildings’


populations on Holy Island, we were really keen to ensure that the buildings would be great for visitors, but also have minimum impact on the natural environment. With so much glass in the tower we were concerned with birds striking the glazing in particular. Te Ornilux product should help to protect the birds and ensure the native wildlife is unaffected by the new visitor facility.”


Natalie Kopp from Arnold Glas said:


“Birds do not see glass and as a result we’re seeing billions of bird deaths each year, with glazed buildings being a major contributor to overall decline in bird populations. It’s estimated that in just one day in Europe 250,000 birds die from collisions with glass, so we are keen to see developers and architects start looking at ways of being more bird friendly with their buildings.”


Te work at the Lookout Tower has been managed by Te Holy Island of Lindisfarne Community Development Trust (HILCDT) with funding through a Natural England Environmental Stewardship agreement.


Dick Patterson, an Island resident and now Chair of HILCDT said: “Te tower offers a great opportunity to open the eyes of visitors to the wonderful natural environment here. We’re grateful to Natural England for their


support in funding this work and delighted to be working alongside them to highlight their role as managers and custodians of the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve.


Te Royal Society for the Protection of


Birds (RSPB) has not tried out the new product, but Media Officer, Gemma Hogg said: “Window strikes are a significant cause of bird mortality. Birds tend to focus on the reflection in the glass, which could be of a hedge or the sky, and think they can fly into it. Putting something on the windows that shows there is an obstacle in their way and that breaks up the reflection could significantly reduce bird strikes.”


Manufacturers of Ornilux, Te Arnold


Group is based in Germany and employs more than 1,200 staff across six facilities with a turnover of approximately E150m. Te firm is a specialist in several glazing ranges including bird protection glass, vacuum heat insulation glass, solar control glass and structural glass facades.


For more information on the Ornilux range call 0208 854 2878 or email dave@ eeuk.net in the UK, or call 0049 6763 9305 261 or email natalie.kopp@ glaswagener.de in Germany.


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