Horse owners and riders in Devon are being urged to call a helpline to receive precise notification of when a low flying aircraft carrying out an environmental survey will be overhead.
Over the next few weeks the aircraft piloted by the British Geological Survey will be making its way in north-south flight paths over the county, surveying the topography for the Tellus SW survey. "The closer we can fly to the ground, the better the data we can collect," said project leader Dr Andrew Howard, explaining that the aircraft can fly as low as 80 metres. Because of the unpredictability of the weather, the survey team cannot give their itinerary in advance. "If there are any horse owners concerned that the aircraft might frighten the horses, they can ring our helpline, and we will then be able to give a warning a bit nearer the time," said Dr Howard.
Areas affected are Dartmoor, Plymouth, parts of the South Hams, North Devon and western Exmoor. The helpline number is 01752 931009.