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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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Joep Everaers’s inspection visit to Scotland.

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Scottish partner of EU Life Laser Fence, Game & Wildlife Scottish Demonstration Farm (UK) and Bird Control Group had a meeting together in Scotland. Joep Everaers, project manager of Bird Control Group for EU Life Laser Fence visited the innovation farm in Aboyne to meet the partner and check if the automated lasers work fine at the site. Two Autonomics are located in the farm with the purpose of controlling rabbits that destroy the farmland by eating grass and digging holes. This makes the soil exhausted and creates soil erosion. Joep gave instructions of how to reach sufficient results with the lasers by changing the locations of the Autonomics and the installations settings.


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