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Steering committee meeting in Cuarterola

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On November 14th and 15th, the project partners met at the Cuarterola estate, owned by Ángel Camacho Group to evaluate the development of the project. During these days, the status of the different LIFE actions was examined, specially the preparation and implementation actions, in the presence of the EU monitoring officer, Neil Wilkie. The obstacles faced by the project were also addressed and the financial details of Laser Fence were discussed. Project members unable to attend in person also participated in the meeting via Skype.

Finally, several visits to the Ángel Camacho Group were conducted to see the lasers which are installed there, and the products offered by the Group were tasted. The partners thank the Ángel Camacho Group for the excellent organization of the event.


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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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Cheshire Wildlife Trust in Bickley – hall farm visit by manufacturer, Bird Control Group

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Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) invited Joep Everaers from Bird Control Group to visit one of the locations of the EU Life Laser Fence project where the personnel tests laser to repel the different animal species. One of the locations in Europe where the Autonomic system is tested for monitoring animal behavior is the Cheshire Wildlife Trust (CWT) in Bickley. Mr. Everaers was asked to approve the safety measures and check the location and the installation patterns to guarantee safety and an effective use of the system. Together with Dr. Martin Sharp, Dr. Eduardo Cordova-Lopez and Dr. Jennifer Sneddon, Mr. Everaers made sure that the system is inspected and approved. The goal for this particular system in Bickley is to see how rabbits are reacting to the laser. This is partly done by analyzing the rabbits activity in the field with wild cameras, monitoring/measuring the grass heights and the presence of rabbit droppings. Monitoring is partly done by students from LJMU and the CWT.