Marine wildlife charity Project Seagrass has acquired fixed-wing drones to help protect sea life off the coast of Scotland.
The two Swiss-made WingtraOne drones were supplied by Coptrz and will be used to map the coastal seascape from May.
Dr Richard Lilley, CEO Project Seagrass, said: “The recent development of high quality drones such as the WingtraOne is having a positive impact on the ability of scientists to map the habitats of the coastal seascape.
“The combination of high quality satellite imagery, combined with detailed multispectral drone images, and habitat ground truthing, is significantly enhancing the detail with which scientists are now able to map coastal habitats.
“Understanding the extent and characteristics of habitats present is important because it enables us to predict the kind of species that might live within them. Using this new Wingtra One we will not only be better able to visualise seagrass meadow extent, but we will also be in a better position to understand habitat connectivity, and to protect the biodiversity that lives in coastal zone.”
The WingtraOne PPK VTOL is a fully autonomous drone specifically designed for long-distance surveying applications. The WingtraOne is capable of flying for up to 55 minutes and it has been designed to cover long distances.
James Pick, UAV strategist for the Surveying Industry at Coptrz, said: “As Prime European Distributors of the Wingtra One, we are proud to be supporting projects like the Seagrass Project with training, supply of equipment and support. It is exciting to see the potential of drones being utilised by companies such as Project Seagrass.”