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BirdHIVE films above the glorious Lake District National Park

Lakes Alive is delighted to announced that BirdHIVE will return to this year’s festival (8-10 September).

And those luckily enough to be going to this weekend’s Kendal Calling festival (28-30 July) can get a sneak preview of the virtual reality experience in the Lost Eden area. 

BirdHIVE enables people to soar like a bird across the national park’s spectacular landscape, swoop across herding sheep on the fells and explore popular Lake District attractions.

Following last year’s success with BirdHIVE at Lakes Alive, Lake District National Park developed further virtual reality experiences to show festival-goers why this region is so special. 

We are thrilled that BirdHIVE will be coming to Lakes Alive when it will be based at the Brewery Arts Centre. 

The filming expertise for BirdHIVE was developed by Liverpool company IronBird - a leading UK provider of remotely piloted drones for the use of aerial photography and aerial filming.

Utilising 360 video and sophisticated drone technologies the truly immersive experience is enjoyed using a smart phone and VR headset.

Alec Caton from IronBird said: “When we produced our first 360˚ fly-through, the idea was to bring together a unique birds-eye view of the picturesque landscapes of the Lakes to display at Lakes Alive 2016. 

“The idea was to produce something for anyone who wanted to see the Lakes from a perspective of a bird, something not everyone can appreciate and enjoy! 

“This year, we've been working closely with the digital content team at Lake District National Park to not only explore this further (because there is so much to discover from the air) but also to include some of the beauty 'hot-spots' maintained and operated by the authority.

“Using the 360˚ video VR headsets, users will not only be able to experience a gentle fly-through of some of the scenic areas of the lakes, but they can also experience how the landscape is worked for agriculture and tourism as well has highlighting it as an area of natural beauty.

“Filming took three days; finding the best possible conditions to fly a drone and have sunny blue skies can be tricky. Once the footage was captured, it took two weeks to process the material into an immersive 360˚ video experience. 

“With help from the Lake District National Park and National Trust, we were able to freely capture a huge amount of footage to build into this experience. It's been a great project for us to collaborate on. 

“Not only has it been great fun, it's really pushed our creativity and also pushed us to the limits of what the technology is capable of.”

BirdHIVE will be at Lakes Alive 8-10 September 2017.

It will then move on to:

Westmorland County Show 14 September 17

Kendal Mountain Festival 17-19 November 17

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BirdHIVE has been exploring the wondrous Lake District National Park