The Old Chalk New Downs Project is carrying out habitat improvements on 23 sites, where we have set up Fixed Point Photography monitoring. We would like volunteers to help us take the photographs four times a year. A hand-held GPS will be used to identify the exact spot for the camera which is set at the widest angle. A succession of photographs is taken, gradually turning through 180° and over-lapping them slightly. Special software is then used to stitch together the images to form a panorama.
Fixed Point Photography (FPP) is an effective and easy method of monitoring vegetation and landscape change. It is extensively used as a technique to monitor large-scale ecological changes in protected areas across the world, its value increasing with repeated application over time. FPP can provide a snapshot of vegetation and landscape changes, not only through the changing seasons but also annually.