Our colleagues in reserves ecology have given us the opportunity to get some free drone flights undertaken across the site to help undertake some ecological surveys.

Flights will take place across Aveley and Wennington Marshes tomorrow and will be used to map habitat condition – primarily the extent of standing water. This date has been selected to avoid day-time high tides, so disturbance should be reduced.

This aerial shot was taken by Dave Howell way back in 2009 before anyone had a drone - but you get the idea!

So if you see one tomorrow no need to come and let us know but just a reminder that we do not allow any unorthorised drone flying over the reserve and that you have to have land owners permission to fly drones and as we are a nature reserve we only allow this in special cases (like this one) as it can disturb wildlife.