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IRIS visits Bickley Hall Farm, in Malpas (England)

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The IRIS team visited the second scheduled area on the trip to the UK, the Bickley Hall Farm, in Malpas, south of Liverpool.

On October 24, they met in the Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) with the project manager, Martin Sharp. After a productive meeting, in which part of the work was analysed and the following steps were planned, IRIS left Liverpool and went to Malpas.

On October 25, Jennifer Sneddon accompanied IRIS through Bickley Hall farm and explained them the work areas, the farm characteristics and the existing limitations.

During the day there were two flights (morning and afternoon). In each of them, the two parcels between which the laser is permutated were flown over. The limited opening and closing hours of the farm (09:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), made it impossible to carry out flights before dawn and after sunset.

The flights were repeated the next day, this time in the company of Eduardo Cordova, employee of Liverpool John Moores University. All flights were carried out with maximum safety, reusing the flight criteria defined in Scotland.


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IRIS visits Game & Wildlife Scottish Demostration Farm

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On October 20, IRIS began its journey through the plots of the LIFE Laser Fence project. The team decided together with the partners in the United Kingdom, to initiate the trials on the plots located in Aboyne (Scotland). There they were received on the facilities of the Game & Wildlife Scottish Demostration Farm (GWSDF) by Marlies Nicolai and Dave Parish.

The two hosts showed IRIS staff the areas where the laser has been used so far (5 in total) and the farm facilities. Together, they planned the monitoring of the flights, defining 3 interesting intervals to take images with the drones: sunrise, noon and sunset.

Over the next 3 days, IRIS did a total of 8 satisfactory flights at different times of the day: noon, afternoon and evening. Due to the adverse weather conditions (rain and strong gusts of wind) during that period, it was not possible to complete the flights in the early morning hours before sunrise.

On the other hand, the great abundance of rabbits in the area, made it possible to accurately calibrate the flight parameters of the drones. With this information, the IRIS team will be able to plan the rest of the flights in the coming campaigns.

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Volterra promotes Laser Fence Project to key players in the farm industry in Spain

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Sven Kallen and Egbert Sonneveld were invited to the event ‘challenges and opportunities in application of technology on farm land’ in Carmona on last October 6th. They got the opportunity to present the Life Laser Fence project and especially Agrilaser Handheld and Autonomic to Fran Gálvez, Managing Director of Galpagro and to Pedro Palazón, Technical Director of Ideagro. Both are agricultural consultancy companies very much into sustainable solutions on the farm. Galpagro works close together with project partner Angel Camacho group who was invited as well but finally could not attend.

Both Ideagro and Galpagro expressed that they are looking forward to see the positive results of the project in Cucanoche, Cuarterola and Eolo Arroz. They confirmed that wild life, both mammals and birds, are a problem for today’s agriculture. Probably the animals can be directed to areas where they are less harmful.


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Seminar 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 seminar at CWT where we have a test site for the Life Laser Fence proyect.