Event: Flying High - Drones for Ecology and Land Management

Are you in the UK and curious about how drones enhance ecology work in the region? CIEEM is hosting a one-day course covering the roles of drones in ecology and land management, including the process of creating habitat maps from drone imagery. This educational lecture/demonstration course welcomes complete beginners with no prior experience with drones, as well as professionals who would like to learn more about using drones effectively. 

Date published: 2020/03/03

Event Details

23 July 2020

10:00 to 17:00

Richmond Park Office
Holly Lodge
Richmond Park
TW10 5HS

Lead Trainer/Speaker: Paul Losse

Register to attend at the CIEEM event page.

The course will consider the uses and potential uses of drones for ecological and land management work in the UK.

This one day training course, delivered by Paul Losse, will include an overview of the latest drones and their features and capabilities. The regulations including commercial operation will be covered together with safety considerations. The main focus of the event will be the use of drones to produce high resolution orthomosaic images to produce accurate habitat maps. However, other uses, including tree and roof inspection for bats, will also be covered.

The event is suitable for complete beginners wishing to gain an understanding of how drones can enhance their work as an ecologist as well as experienced drone pilots to exploit drone technology to the fullest in their work.

The training will be a mixture of classroom-based discussion and practical demonstration. By the end of the event, delegates will have a full appreciation of how this technology can be used to improve the quality of data gathering and hence the standard of ecological reports.

Refreshments will be provided throughout the day. Please bring your own packed lunch.

Who Should Attend?

Ecological Consultants, Wildlife Trusts, Land Managers, Rangers, Statutory Agency staff, conservation practitioners, students, local authority staff.

Knowledge Level

Beginner - No prior knowledge necessary.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will leave this course with the ability to do the following:

  • List the types of drone suitable for ecological/land management work.
  • Explain the main rules and regulations for drone operations in the UK.
  • Outline the requirements for commercial operations of Drones in the UK.
  • Evaluate applications for drones in ecology.
  • Describe the process for taking aerial photographs using drones and processing the resulting images to create orthomosaic maps.
  • Describe how orthomosaic maps can be integrated with GIS systems to produce accurate habitat maps.
  • Evaluate the costs/benefits of using drones in the ecology/land management sector.


Full pricing details can be found on the CIEEM event page. Early Bird member and non-member tickets are available through 11 June 2020.

Visit the CIEEM website to find other trainings and events throughout the UK.

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