Flying high - Drones for Ecology and Land Management


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, 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.

Who Should Attend?

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

Knowledge Level


Prior Knowledge

No prior knowledge necessary.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.


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


Tickets Person(s) Price
Member Ticket 1 £120.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £180.00