A South Skye group has purchased an underwater drone to monitor marine life.
Formed by the Skye & Lochalsh Environment Forum (SLEF), the South Skye Seas Initiative (SSSi) are working with the Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to co-produce a foundation resource aimed specifically at supporting community led marine surveys.
The Blue ROV2 underwater drone will deploy from April onwards and will enable underwater mapping and video recording of habitats and species.
The SSSi also plan to use cameras worked from volunteers on kayaks and paddle boards in shallow areas.
SSSi are planning a series of low tide shore walks, led by an experienced marine biologist, with particular emphasis on engaging with young people.
An initial public meeting will be held at An Crùbh on Thursday 28 February at 7:30pm. The meeting will be hosted by Sleat Community Trust - Environment Advisory Group, and will allow those who attend a chance to see the new drone.
"This project would not have been possible without generous funding from the Scottish Wildlife Trust Skye & Lochalsh Region Group, Scottish Natural Heritage Marine Team and the William Grant Foundation, ‘The William Grant Foundation is a non-profit association established to support charitable causes in Scotland. Its’ work is funded by William Grant and Sons Ltd.’, for which we are very grateful."
Image above from SSSi briefing with supplier.