Moulton’s Drone Features in Ranger, the magazine of the Countryside Management Association
Dr James Littlemore, senior ecologist at Kier Group and former lecturer at Moulton College, recently submitted a feature to Ranger magazine, co-authored by two of his Moulton students (Natasha Hannah-Lyons - FdSc Countryside and Wildlife Management , and Terry Kelly - BSc (Hons) Land Management).
The feature details the group’s research over the course of last summer, conducted with help from Moulton’s learning technologies technician and drone pilot Sam Cullis, into the value of drone use for ecological surveying.
The study found that a drone ‘can conveniently capture aerial footage to help classify the typical habitat types on lowland mixed farm and parkland with approximate parity to traditional field walked Phase 1 methodologies’ (though ground-truthing is still required to increase the robust nature of the data), concluding that there is ‘great value in the assessment of larger, inaccessible areas, perhaps justifying the addition of this approach to the innovative land manager’s armoury for ecological surveying.’
Ranger Magazine, Winter 2017.