Please DO NOT fly your drone above any part of Therfield Heath.

Therfield Heath is a Nature Reserve and flying drones near birds, sheep and butterflies is very likely to cause them concern.

It is illegal to fly a drone above or near to people, buildings and roads. The Heath is common land and is used by very many people: playing golf, walking, walking their dogs etc.

For the safety and enjoyment of other visitors, and to protect wildlife from disturbance, please do not fly unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) or other remote-control flying devices on or over Therfield Heath.

The use of drones is overseen by the Civil Aviation Authority and is an area where regulation is currently developing. Drones require permission and licensing to operate, and operators must have sufficient training and insurance to use them safely and responsibly. Few non-commercial users have the correct training or permission from the Civil Aviation Authority to operate drones. If a

drone causes damage or harm, pilots generally do not have the correct insurances, or level of insurances, to adequately compensate those affected.

CAA regulations state that drones should not be flown above or near to people. Therfield Heath is an area of Common Land with open access, where visitors are present at all times. Unauthorised drone flying is both illegal and potentially puts people at risk. The presence of drones can impinge on the quiet enjoyment of our sites by other visitors and potentially presents a public nuisance risk.

Therfield Heath is a nature reserve and therefore an important area for wildlife. For example, nesting birds are sensitive to disturbance – they may feel threatened by drones and abandon their nests.

During many months of the year, there are sheep grazing the site. We do not want them disturbed by the presence of drones.

Many drones have cameras attached and these could infringe data protection laws (filming people without permission).

Please DO NOT fly your drone above any part of Therfield Heath.