Improving roadside management can contribute greatly to the protection of insects. That is why Kleurkeur was developed: a quality mark for roadside management that should lead to more diversity and nectar availability, and therefore to better managed roadsides. The Butterfly Foundation called in the Aquila Ecology team to inventory vegetation. Using modern technology from Aquila Ecologie, we took dozens of photos at each location in just a few minutes, which were then analyzed by AI. The data turned out to be very suitable for determining diversity and nectar availability, while costing a fraction of the cost of professional vegetation recordings.

At Aquila Ecology we are always critical of the use of AI for ecological monitoring: we only do this if we also think that the technology can have added value. This case is a perfect example of where our technology can clearly have added value: an estimate of diversity and nectar availability is needed, not an exactly correct species list, and costs must be limited.