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May 2018

Illegal drone use in the English Lake District Cumbria

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The Lake District is visited by millions of tourists annually. As visitors flock to this UNESCO World heritage site, many strive to capture a priceless photo or video souvenir of their experience to share with friends and family online or through social media. Thanks to advances in technology, many tourists are now also opting to bring along their drones. Simply to capture unparalleled images of these iconic vistas from above, without knowing the rules in place.

However, the exponential rise in drone use, has created an unexpected problem for some of the Lake Districts best loved sites. While many drone users will be aware of the specific no-fly zone regulations surrounding many UK landmarks, and the potential security implications of launching at these sites un-permitted, some are showing a blatant disregard for the rules.

This worrying trend of launching drones irresponsibly in these public spaces, has led to major tourist attractions all expressing their growing concerns about the impact drones could have on security and safety.

Why are these measures put in place?

In recent years drone users have even appeared before courts and been heavily fined. This after illegally flying UAVs over packed football stadiums, the Houses of Parliament, and even BAE Systems Barrow.

The issue recently came to a head when it was revealed that drone incidents at Stonehenge had exceeded one per day. Site manager English Heritage are now forced to explore options to prevent drones from being flown at the landmark.

Even more concerning is the Lake District being a recognised military training ground. This hosts a range of low flying aircraft, and numerous other training exercises throughout the year. This makes illegal drone flights, at this particular location, even more problematic. Irresponsible users may not just be jeopardising public safety, but their actions could also have serious consequences for aviation security.

Despite the significant dangers associated with using drones in a designated no-fly zone, this is not the first time this issue has arisen. There have even been sightings of drones being flown at some of the UK’s major airports, including Carlisle. This is in direct violation of aviation laws and could threaten the safety of countless passengers.

How can illegal drone use be prevented?

In a bid to curb this concerning trend impacting some of the UK’s most beloved landmarks, drone mitigation systems and drone detection systems have been introduced which could help to deter any unwanted aerial visitors. These work by detecting, identifying, and tracking any UAV or drone technology within the landmark’s airspace. This enable the sites to prevent any potential security or safety issues caused by illegal drone flights.

These detection systems work by non-invasively intervening with the drone’s controls to prevent it from entering the designated airspace. It is then re-routed back to its original take-off point where it can land safely.
Equally, technology such as AeroScope, can allow managers of attractions to detect drones from up to 12.5 miles away, giving them greater control over their airspace at an earlier stage.

Drone detection systems quite simply are the future. They can prevent major incidents from happening, and can save lives and injury. This is particularly in the case of Stonehenge and its close proximity to a military base. It’s hugely important air law is adhered to. It is also imperative that drone flyers understand drone laws, particularly with the new laws that have been put in place by the UK government.

It may be that these irresponsible illegal drone operators, known as Skylarks may result in the RAF demanding that drone detection systems being implemented by landowners such as the National Trtust, Lake District Nationl Park & the Forestry Commision in the Lake District.

How do you hire an aerial drone photographer in Cumbria in 2018

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Up until a few of years ago, a helicopter, gyrocopter, microlight or light aircraft were the only options if you wanted to hire an aerial photographer. This made it very expensive, and the cost meant aerial photography was the reserve of television productions, movies and big budge shoots. Drone technology has changed all that.

You can hire an aerial photographer in Cumbria with a drone from around £100. This will cover the costs of a professional, CAA approved drone pilot with equipment capable of delivering high quality results. Cheap drone hire pilots are available, but they are often operating illegally and there can be serious consequences. If you hire an aerial photographer using a drone without insurance, it could end up being a false economy.


Here at Hovershotz, we hold the required permission from the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) to conduct commercial drone work (PfCO) and have the required insurance. We operate the latest DJI drones to ensure quality results. Finally our costs are very reasonable and competitive. Contacting us is the easiest option to get a legal experienced professional drone operator to conduct aerial photography & video in Cumbria, the Lake District & Lancashire at very competitive prices.

A search of Google is another way to find an aerial photographer, but you’ll need to carry out a few checks to ensure you have the right company for the job. These include –

  • Does the company use pilots with a PfCO from the CAA. This stands for Permission For Commercial Operations, and means a drone operator can legally offer their services for hire
  • Does the company have experience in the type of aerial photography you require? For example, if you’re interested in a drone wedding photographer don’t hire a pilot who specialises in roof inspection work
  • Does the company have the right equipment? If you hire an aerial photographer using a drone they must have the right camera and lenses to produce a professional job
  • Will the company edit video footage for you and what format will they supply the finished job in

Hovershotz Aerial Drone Photography, Filming & Surveys GDPR Privacy Policy Statement

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Hovershotz Aerial Drone Photography, Filming & Surveys GDPR Privacy Policy Statement

Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) & General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Collecting and using your personal information

Images & Video 

Hovershotz take the utmost care when we film. We confirm that all images of identifiable individuals, even captured inadvertently, when using cameras fitted to our drones, will be subject to the Data Protection Act (DPA) & General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As these acts/regulations contain requirements concerning the collection, storage and use of such images, photographs, and video from filming. Hovershotz confirm that we are complying with any such applicable requirements or exemptions. Further information about the DPA/GDPR and the circumstances in which it applies can be obtained from the Information Commissioner’s Office and website:


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For each visitor to our Web page, our Web server automatically recognises no information regarding the domain or e-mail address. We collect the e-mail address of those who communicate with us via e-mail, aggregate information on what pages consumers access or visit, user specific information on what pages consumers access or visit and information volunteered by the consumer, such as survey information and/or site registrations. We do not keep email addresses used from our contact form.

The information we collect is used for internal review and is then discarded, used to improve the content of our Web page, used to customize the content and/or layout of our page for individual consumer and used by us to contact consumers for marketing purposes.

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Hovershotz are one of the few drone operators in Cumbria who use a SSL secure website with a https url. This ensures any visitors to our site data is secure as everything is encrypted.


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We keep our privacy policy under regular review. This privacy policy was last updated 23 April 2018.

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Approved legal drone pilot in Cumbria and the Lake District

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The UK drone industry is still regarded as being in its early days, however Hovershotz ensure that there is at least one professional drone operator available in Cumbria and the Lake District that is at the leading edge of legislation and law interpretation. Whether it is aerial photography in Cumbria or aerial drone filming in the Lake District there are strict rules that should be followed. We are aware of several drone operators in Cumbria & the Lake District operating commercially without the required CAA permissions (PFCO), which is both illegal and dangerous. Equally as bad is footage we have observed of CAA PFCO holders in Cumbria flagrantly breaking the rules, who should know better.

Something worth keeping in mind is that the CAA have a safety first approach for all operations, be it drones, gilders or military jets flying in the Lake District. Obviously, this is a good thing. It helps to ensure operations involving drones in the UK are safe and controlled.


Hovershotz prides itself in ensuring compliance with the law – this is something that that cannot be guaranteed in the same way if you the client choose to use another operator in Cumbria. Hovershotz who hold a PfCO are aware of a number of drone operators with permissions in our local area (North Wewst of England – Cumbria, Lancashire & the Lake District) that still manage to break the law. Having a license doesn’t mean the operator can do what he or she wants – it just means they know what the rules are and have permission to fly for valuable consideration.

There are often instances when it is necessary to contact authorities to organise flights. For example local councils, police, MOD, air traffic control, Lake District national park rangers might be informed or asked permission to fly. Landowners however do not need notification to enable a flight over their land, so long as the drone that is flying is kept more than 50m away from buildings, the land itself and of course people on that land.

There is no reason to pay anyone anything to obtain overflight permissions, unless there is a bylaw that specifically states there are fees.

Sometimes notice is needed, often 28 days prior to the flight.

locations that should be notified of drone overflight:

  • Nuclear sites/installations/plants – if a flight needs to be undertaken within 3.2km (2 miles) of a nuclear power site, the CAA will be able to help organise this. There are some specific restrictions involved with flights in these areas.
  • Airfelds and airports. Generally best avoided anyway.
  • Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI’s) – Natural England are responsible for maintaining these sites, with duties and responsibilities being delegated to local authorities.
  • Protected Areas – marine reserves and bird sanctuaries – it is almost certainly a necessity to contact them ahead of flights to ensure you are not unnecessarily disturbing wildlife.
  • There are increasing numbers of reports of less accommodating organisations that feel that it is their place to re-write the rules on behalf of the CAA. What they are trying to do is not actually enforceable, nor ethical, as PfCO pilots are allowed to fly in locations (such as the Lake District National Park or the National Trust) so long as they maintain the 50m separations, and have permission for take off and landing at a location that allows flight within the 500m range allowed. There are numerous references regarding this in CAP722 and CAP393 for further clarification.


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