Vegetation in dune valleysDunea has already removed the sea buckthorn thicket in a number of dune valleys in the spring of 2022, so that characteristic vegetation is given a chance again. Commissioned by the Province of South Holland, the development of the vegetation will be monitored here for four years. Aquila Ecologie carries out this monitoring using Artificial Intelligence. In the field, 3000 photos of the vegetation are taken three times a year using a high-resolution camera with GPS. Each photo covers about 1m2. This means that almost all dune valley vegetation around two seepage pools has been captured on image (Fig. 2). Each photo is then cut into approximately 100 pieces by the software and each piece is analyzed separately by an AI model (Fig. 3). The software automatically compiles a dataset containing the GPS tags, the recognized plant species and their cover for each photo. In this project, Aquila Ecologie also investigates how well the AI ​​can determine plant communities from the photo. The results of the first year are promising. It seems that AI can be used for monitoring vegetation. It is also clear that the special flora of dune valleys can be found along the monitored banks. Think of species such as Marsh Helleborus, Flesh-colored Orchid and Parnassia. The AI ​​model also recognized a species that had not been detected in the Frog Valleys until this year, the Green-turned Orchid (Fig. 4). We cannot say whether this species has emerged due to the measures or has been present for some time. That she is there now is good news for the Frog Valleys.