Biodiversity in Grasslands Project

Updated: May 5

BioCap and IMGeospatial have successfully bid for and won a contract and some EU funding to explore the innovative use of technology and data to measure the biodiversity of grasslands.

BioCap is working with partners to harness the power of data to help make better land use decisions and provide useful tools for those managing the UK countryside.

BioCap and IMGeospatial has secured funding from the EU funded UFO programme – Innovation boosted by small flying objects.

The funds will be used to assess the feasibility of utilising satellite data to measure Biodiversity in grasslands. The Project is working with landowners in West Berkshire to gather data on known sites of high biodiversity from surveys, drones and satellites. The data will be used to:

  • Assess the accuracy of the current mapped GIS data

  • Assess the feasibility of using ecological surveys, high resolution drone data coupled with satellite data to identify and recognise species rich grassland.

  • Assess the feasibility of scaling the identification of biodiverse grassland sites

The work will take place throughout the summer of 2021 with results being published in Oct 2021.

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