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Seminary at Cheshire Wildlife Trust, by Dr Jenny Sneddon

On September 29rd, Dr Jenny Sneddon from Liverpool John Moores University visited the Cheshire Wildfire Trust.

Dr. Sneddon leaded a seminary at CWT where we have a test site for the Life Laser Fence proyect.


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IRIS executes night flights with the new drones of the project

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During the last weeks, Santiago Martinez, partner and pilot of IRIS, has made several night flights in agro forestry zones to get some training for the flights foreseen in the LIFE Laser Fence project.
The trials have been done near a workshop used by the company in Ourense, more specifically in the town of Viana do Bolo, in the Ourense province in Spain. It is an open zone with scattered trees, near a river where usually deer and rabbits can be spotted.
The flights went satisfactory both in the automatic mode (following the routing previously defined with waypoints) and in the manual mode (continuous radiometric videoing).
Some small sized animals could be identified (various dogs of small size that were in the aea) and also persons at a heath of about 120 m.
One of the limitations detected, is regarding the laps of time to fly: between 21:30 and 24:00 in all cases. After observing the images taken it appeared that in this time laps the soil temperature is still too high. This does not allow to identify individuals easily since there is no clear contrast between animal and soil, especially in areas of bare soil o with stones.
In the coming days, IRIS will do flight trials early in the morning (before dawn) since it is the moment that the soil reaches its lowest temperature.
Hereunder pleas find some pictures taken during different days and different flights:


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Meeting in Cuarterola between Angel Camacho Group and Volterra

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On August 23rd Egbert Sonneveld from Volterra visited the Cuarterola site of the Angel Camacho Group. He was received by Felipe Pizarro, head of production, who introduced him to Angela Cuevas from Cudema, subcontracted by the Angel Camacho, and who took over the responsibility of technical management of the Laser Fence project. The first Agrilaser Autonomic has just been installed in Cuarterola on a 7 meter high pole and with permanent power supply. The Agrilaser still needs to be programmed and should be operational within short. Egbert also offered to help with the organization of the upcoming Life Laser Fence partner meeting to be held in from November 15th to 17th in Cuarterola.
The visitors also made a round of the property with the Agrilaser Handheld so see the reaction of the animals in the middle of the day. Surprisingly a rabbit and a duck were not reacting to the laser at all even if the green spot could be clearly seen. The technical explanation by BCG was that animals in the middle of the day with maximum sun shine and temperatures far above 30°C have a totally different reaction to the laser than at dawn or dusk when they are more active and looking for food or a place to sleep.