The Blackstairs Farming Futures scheme is our Pilot Study and our learning experience and we are doing the best we can. Last year, The Boy gave me an Android smartphone to get with with program, Da. I've been using it to take photographs with GPS coordinates and using those to map features of interest on our commonage. Last year, I was finding stones which have been 'worked' into useful chunks for building and engineering. More recently I've been mapping squares of heather which might be subject to controlled burning later this year I - II. But even after 4 trips up the hills, I still wasn't happy with the data, which were mired in a swamp of inconsistency. Partly this was because the inventory of required equipment was evolving. Partly, I was learning my trade.
- Bamboos 1800mm [6 ft] long is a good compromise between weight and visibility. A case could be made to one in four being 2400mm tall to poke above the horizon or flourishing bushes
- A strip of red-and-white plastic [or cotton] to enhance visibility in a sea of sticks
- Sticky tape to keep the gonfalon at the top of the pole
- Something to record GPS coordinates. RedMI smartphone is good; preferably on a lanyard.
- The Location-on-photo app is an enhancement because it captures the time / Lat /Long data on the picture [see upper left R]
- A note book [and pencils] to make sketch maps.
- Four envelopes to put temporarily atop the bamboo so that it is clear that this [R] one is the SE corner of quadrat 4.
- Binoculars [or someone much younger]
- A rucksack to carry all this kit about the place.