UK, 18 January 2007 – Infoterra Ltd has announced that it has supplied both, the Gloucestershire Centre for Environmental Records, and the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust with 25cm resolution aerial photography.
This GeoPerspectives imagery will allow both wildlife organisations to increase their awareness of the environments they protect, and enable them to map features and monitor change of the landscape. Wildlife records users such as local authorities and Wildlife Trust reserve managers will be able to quickly and easily view the landscape – wetlands, parks and conservation areas – so reducing the time traveling to and from sites, and allowing them to prioritise work.
They will also be able to take accurate measurements from the imagery and record land use to gain knowledge that traditional maps cannot provide – for example hedgerow analysis and public access impact.
“This information will save us time and money, helping us to identify and target our management work on sites and to allocate more of our resources into protecting the environment in our counties” said Brian Miller, Data and GIS Officer of the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust. “Aerial imagery is very useful as it allows us to map certain habitats accurately and identify areas that require more detailed survey work,” added Ian Carle of the Gloucestershire Centre for Environmental Records which is a partnership of nine organisations wishing to share wildlife information.
“We are pleased to extend the use of geospatial information to support valuable wildlife and environmental work “commented Andy Wells, Director of Sales, Infoterra Ltd. GeoPerspectives is a joint venture between Infoterra and BlueSky providing national coverage of orthorectified aerial photography, digital terrain & surface models (DTM/DSM) for 3D modelling, and colour infra-red imagery (CIR) for vegetation analysis.
– About Infoterra Ltd
Infoterra Ltd. is a provider of geographic information products and services. Its portfolio of geographic information solutions includes airborne and satellite data acquisition, geo-information creation, database management and outsourced hosting. Infoterra Ltd. is part of the Infoterra group which comprises companies in France, Germany and the United Kingdom, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS Astrium Ltd. For more information visit: www.infoterra.co.uk
– About GeoPerspectives
GeoPerspectives delivers the most comprehensive range of airborne acquired geospatial data for England and Wales. GeoPerspectives uses the latest technology to capture the most accurate aerial photography, colour infra-red imagery and digital terrain & surface models. Only GeoPerspectives offers existing national orthorectified aerial imagery and a guaranteed rolling five-year update programme. The data is used by government, commercial and academic professionals, including the Department for the Environment Farming and Rural Affairs (Defra), Highways Agency, Yorkshire Water and over 240 UK Local Authorities. GeoPerspectives is a joint venture between Infoterra Ltd and BlueSky International Ltd. www.geoperspectives.co.uk
– About Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust
The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust was established in 1959 by local ecologists who could see the extent of harm being done to the wonderfully rich natural environment of the three counties. Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust is one of 47 Wildlife Trusts across the UK working to achieve the shared aim of securing a better future for wildlife. The Trust manages 90 nature reserves across the three counties as well as working with other agencies on safeguarding the wider countryside www.bbowt.org.uk
– About Gloucestershire Centre for Environmental Records (GCER)
Gloucestershire Centre for Environmental Records is a not for profit service run in partnership for public benefit. It collects, collates and manages information of known quality relating to wildlife, wildlife sites and habitats. GCER was established in 1991 by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust (www.gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk) as the Gloucestershire Environmental Data Unit. It is funded through contributions from partners of voluntary organisations, statutory agencies and local authorities and through income from services offered (for example to private developers). With regard to this news GCER acknowledges the contribution from Gloucestershire County Council.