Drones get a bad press: newspaper stories tend to focus on the zanier uses of them and the genuinely scary tales of people flying near airports.
Used sensibly, by a licenced operator, drones can be an incredibly useful tool for conservation. They are used by people across the world for mapping reserves, counting nesting birds, and endless other applications.
At the Wildlife Trust BCN we have been using drones for the past 2 years to learn more about our reserves and share that information with you. You may have seen videos on the website, or panoramic images like the one of Godmanchester nature reserve, above. This perspective literally gives a birds-eye view of our sites that would be impossible to see on a normal visit.