How drones can save companies money and protect staff

Using unmanned aerial vehicles to map out terrain and survey for protected species at difficult-to-access sites can help mineral companies save time and money while cutting risk to staff. Luke Gorman, Ross Harding and Stephen Nisbet report

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Tarmac Crown Farm quarry in Cheshire served as a test site for a series of pilots using drones for habitat mapping and protected-species survey work. Photograph: Atkins
Tarmac Crown Farm quarry in Cheshire served as a test site for a series of pilots using drones for habitat mapping and protected-species survey work. Photograph: Atkins

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