First habitat maps created
In June, we made the first aerial maps of habitats within four selected leks in Podlasie and Lublin regions. To this end, we sent our regional coordinators – Paweł and Michał to a drone flying course and exam, which they surprisingly completed with a satisfactory result. Then, with the help of these clever devices (DJI Mavic 2 Pro), we flew over the meadows where great snipes occur. Drones took hundreds of photos at that time, which in turn enabled us to create the most current map of habitats within the lek areas. This is a very important task in protecting this amazing bird. In this way, we obtained valuable material that will allow us to plan the best protection, e.g. reach the owners of the plots in attempt to modify the management in this area. Next year - when we supply the birds with GPS transmitters - we will learn more about the habitat preferences of great snipes.