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2013-10-15
NAT-PROGRAMME experts have tested an innovative method for habitat mapping.
 
Experts from the Nature Conservation Agency and NAT-PROGRAMME in collaboration with JSC "Envirotech" have tested an innovative professional mapping tool eBee that collects aerial photography. Experts chose to test this mapping device at the lake Kaņieris – one of the management testing sites of the NAT-PROGRAMME mire habitats group.

As a result of this collaboration with JSC "Envirotech", experts have gained an insight in the possible usage of eBee in habitat and species mapping. Experts concluded that eBee is a very useful tool, especially for mapping small areas that are difficult to access. Such landscape – a complicated mosaic of reeds and quaking bogs is also typical for the lake Kaņieris.

The photos taken during this test will be used for analysing changes in the coverage of trees and scrubs in the lake’s coastal fens. The results will also be useful for evaluating how previous management activities have affected this area.
 
 
 
Riekstu peninsula - photo resolution allows to create a very precise habitat mapping that separates junipers, calcareous fens and reeds. 













 
In the 1960s this island "Pakavsala" was artificially created for bird nesting.









 





 
The Eastern coastline of the Riekstu peninsula and the lake vegetation. Photo resolution allows to create a very precise habitat mapping that separates Calcareous fens with Cladium mariscus (Natura 2000 habitat 7210*) from reeds, as well as precisely determine the current overgrowth with scrubs and trees in fens and mire islands.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 





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