A model highlighting sand martin habitat

Using technology to reduce conflict with wildlife in quarrying and mining. Our Quarry Management magazine article presents a solution to this issue. 

In the May 2020 edition of Quarry Management magazine our Ecology Lead Alex Briggs writes about one of our case studies on the use of emerging technology for biodiversity and conservation. The article looks at how we can combine Geographical Information Systems (GIS) imagery classification techniques such as a supervised classification or a Normalised Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), high resolution UAV derived imagery and knowledge of a species’ habitat preferences to predict where wildlife may appear.

In the above 3D model, the red areas highlight areas where sand martins may nest, identified by our classification. By identifying and predicting sand martin habitats we can reduce human wildlife conflict and improve the biodiversity of sites.

 Read the full article.