Flying drones at our sites
Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust (TCCT) does not allow any private drone flights to be undertaken from any of its sites. This approach is taken primarily in the interests of public safety because:
- Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulations state that drones should not be flown above or near to people and property. As our sites and properties often have staff and volunteers living and working on them and visitors accessing them, unauthorised drone flying is potentially both illegal and a risk to people and property.
- Few non-commercial users have the correct training or permission from the CAA to operate drones, or knowledge of the legal requirements governing drone operations as set out by the CAA drone code
- If a drone causes damage or harm, amateur pilots generally do not have the correct insurance to adequately compensate those affected.
- TCCT’s sites include sensitive wildlife areas, farmland with grazing agricultural animals, country parks attracting high numbers of visitors each day and peaceful memorial and burial grounds. The presence of drones has the potential to disturb wildlife; including rare and protected species, impinge on the quiet enjoyment of parks, meadows and walks and pose an unacceptable hazard to people, property and animals.
- If drones are flown over TCCT property from outside its boundaries, the legal restrictions still apply.