Test flying an RSPB drone

Posted on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

This project has trialled its fair share of hi-tech bird monitoring techniques over the years, but we experienced a new one this week when we had the opportunity to test fly an RSPB drone. The drone was fitted with a camera, GPS device and altimeter, and we tested it around our release sites. We flew at relatively high altitude over the release sites to investigate how easy it would be to spot bustards from the air, then flew closer to a group of birds to test their reaction. It was an interesting day, and it definitely looks like we might be able to make use of the drone in the future. Any available technology which makes bustard monitoring easier without disadvantaging the birds in any way must be worth a try.

The drone

Release site from the air

Categories: Great Bustards, LIFE +, News

Andrew Taylor

Posted by Andrew Taylor

Andrew has worked for the RSPB in Wiltshire for three years, mainly as part of the Wessex Stone-curlew Project. In March 2011,he joined the LIFE+ team.

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