Some ways aerial images help management, monitoring & publicity:
- Reach places and angles not easily accessible on foot - identifying deer tracks in a reedbed, inspecting chimneys or treetops, monitoring an area without walking through and disturbing wildlife or trampling plants
- Show a site in its wider context - sweeping landscapes work well with country estates and gardens, golf courses, walking trails etc
- Help assess woodland, scrub and wetland areas in a context which cannot be done from within.
- Produce eye catching, fresh and creative images of familiar subjects and areas
- Help identify subtle changes which don't show at ground level - damper ground, plant encroachment, overgrazing etc
I am fully insured and licensed with the CAA for Permissions for Commercial Operations (No. UAV3530).
A large percentage of drone operators are untrained, uninsured and often ignorant of safety and legal responsibilities when flying their drones. Some even claim to be registered when clearly they are not. To work professionally in the UK you must be CAA registered and insured.
There are restrictions on where and when I can fly. This includes within specific safe distance standards from people, vessels and structures not under my control, at night and in wet or windy conditions.
Many people understand flying regulations when it comes to drones but, often overlooked, we must also abide by Data Protection and Wildlife laws. For example it may not be illegal to actually fly over an area, but it would still be illegal to cause undue disturbance or intrusion to wildlife (or people). So being aware of site designations, habitats and wildlife behaviour is an important aspect of my work.
Before every flight I will first carry out a site survey and visit if necessary, including hazard analysis, land ownership, flight zones, wildlife designations, a risk assessment, weather forecasts and equipment safety checks. I will also look at photographic considerations and client objectives. It's not simply a case of ‘turn up and take off’ - the actual flying time is usually quite a small percentage of the professional process.
If you would like to discuss a potential project please feel free to contact me.