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IRIS tests the Handheld Laser in the whole province of Lugo (Spain).

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Lugo is a Spanish province, one of the four that are part of the autonomous community of Galicia (NW Spain).

In this region, both the agricultural and livestock sectors support an important part of the rural community. The primary sector has, to some extent, managed to mitigate the problem of rural depopulation by establishing a population in certain rural areas that were on the verge of disappearing. Proof of this is that the space available in Lugo for agricultural use is just over a third of the territory.

Around 65% of the farms produce a wide variety of products, the so-called polyculture, both for human consumption and for livestock feed. However, in recent years there has been a shift towards greater productive specialization, while at the same time increasing the quality and recognition of the goods produced.

In addition, the existence of important forest areas also contributes a great deal to the rural economy. About a third of the areas used for cultivation are located in conjunction with forestry operations, which guarantees mutual benefit from this relationship.

The forest is an enormous source of resources; however, it is the hiding place of an enormous amount of wildlife that causes most of the damage to crops and farms: attacks by wolves on sheep, from foxes to chickens, loss of corn by wild boar, or from vineyards and orchards by roe deer.

The IRIS team has taken advantage of this situation to test the Laser Fence system throughout the province. To this end, several days (during the months of April, May, June, July and August) have been moved to different parts of the province. In order to improve the detection of animals, high positions have been selected in mixed areas (forestry and agriculture). In addition, the drone’s thermographic camera has been fitted out for viewing animals from the ground, via a screen, during low visibility.

During the field work, the IRIS team was able to detect roe deer, wild boar and rabbits. The results will be presented at the partners’ meeting in September in Scotland.

 


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The IRIS-VOLTERRA team is continuing its tests and demonstrations in Spain, this time in Burgos.

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On July 18, 2018, following the progress of the last few months, IRIS continued its tests with the Handheld Laser provided by BCG. With these flights, the aim is twofold: on the one hand, to test the handheld laser system in as many different contexts and animals as possible and, on the other, to show the system to as many potential users as possible.

In the farm selected in Burgos by Volterra, we can observe the influence of the laser on rabbits and roe deer. As the area is not very wooded and has flat vegetation, it is easier to make observations.

Although the interest of the different farmers is very high, especially seeing the good results in birds, the same is not true for mammals (rabbit, wild boar and roe deer). In the latter case, the current configuration, which will be improved in the coming months, is not fully effective.


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IRIS is able to graphically document the reaction of several roe deer to the Handheld Laser.

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Last July 7th, Santi (IRIS) and Nacho (Volterra), after many failed attempts in the last months, managed to record on video, the reaction of several roe deer to the Laser Fence system. The success of this event is threefold:

– It has been clearly documented, through a video produced by IRIS for the project partners, how these mammals react to the laser. On other occasions, the presence of the IRIS team involved an external agent that could influence the animal’s behaviour. In this case, the recording was successfully made at a distance of 700m.

– Simultaneously, it has been possible to take pictures with the animals’ drone and it has been decisive in the search for the animals.

– The effect of the drone’s noise when flying on the animals has been proven.

The success of the test lies in the selection of the work area by Nacho: San Martín de Humada (Burgos). On the other hand, the time, 6:00 a.m., was also a relevant element: the laser beam was visible at more than 1 km and it is the time when these animals graze in the agricultural plots near the forests.

 


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Visit to farmers contacted in the FIMA

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Attendance at FIMA Zaragoza, by IRIS and Volterra, has made the project known to a large number of people. Several farmers have shown interest after the event and are offering their plots for the replication phase.

During the last month, several visits have been made to those interested, in different locations, in Spain, to study each situation individually (target animal or animals).

The main objective was to evaluate the suitability of the use of the Fence Laser system in each of these farms.

In addition, the trips have been used for testing with handheld equipment. Currently, both Volterra and IRIS have met with farmers, stockbreeders and technicians in Alcover (Tarragona), Tomiño (Pontevedra), Vilanova de Arousa (Pontevedra) and Aguilar de Campo (Palencia). In all cases, the acceptance of the system and its operation has been fabulous. We believe that, in the future, we will have a diverse range of plots to implement replication actions.