In early August Dr Russell Layberry (ECI) and Jerome Mayaud (DPhil student) carried out a drone survey of a section of the River Glyme near Stratford Bridge, Oxfordshire. This forms part of a collaborative project with the charity Wild Oxfordshire to restore some of the natural features of the channel, which was artificially straightened and deepened almost a century ago to prevent flooding. Russell and Jerome's data will help to develop a baseline of the river reach that will then be used to monitor the evolution of the channel during and after the restoration work.
Russel and Jerome will also be using the drone to map interesting water outflows in a meadow at Combe Mill, a historic sawmill belonging to the Blenheim Estate that now operates as a working museum. They plan to use this imagery to offer a different perspective of the mill and the surrounding nature to visitors.