Practecology Goes Airborne
19th May 2016
Practecology has embraced modern technology and is now able to provide aerial photography and video using its Phantom 3 unmanned aerial vehicle or “drone”. We have obtained our permit for aerial works from the CAA and can now put our flying skills to the test.
So what’s next?......
Throughout the past year we have been trialling a number of applications to determine what value drones can bring to ecology, as well as considering opportunities in different markets. Looking at sites from above can give a new perspective on things - especially if the site cannot be easily accessed on foot. Such images may be useful for long term monitoring of habitat restoration projects, completing pre-and post-works photographic assessments or keeping a record of archaeological digs.
Then of course there are the species - can drones be used to gain a better understanding of animal behaviour? Is there scope to get closer to wildlife sensitive to human disturbance? Are they able to monitor animals that live in these hard to see areas, for instance birds nests or bat roosts? Clearly the list goes on and on! Certainly the arrival of drones in the world of ecology presents new and exciting questions - but can it provide the answers?
We shall keep the website updated with news but do contact us if you have any questions or wish to trial our drone on one of your projects.