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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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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 test the equipment and prepare 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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