I seem to be running into problems lately with my usual flying sites. Take as given that I am following articles 166/167 to the letter, and that I am not doing any low level stuff - all at around 80-100m up. The only low level stuff is vertical/glideslope take off landing. One site I use houses a bird sanctuary and members of the RSPB have kicked off (while I was trying to fly... which is not nice). I have permission from the landowner but only if the RSPB agree. Still waiting to hear but I am not sure they will. I dont want to disturb any birds, but I am not convinced I am anyway. So I look around and speak to the local council about flying on a piece of council ground which looks perfect, is away from buildings, people etc and they say no chance. Join a flying club. Now I used to be a fixed wing guy and I know there are some clicky guys in those clubs. I have a good idea that a guy with a DJI Phantom rocking up to a fixed wing flying club is going to be about as welcome as a fart in a spacesuit. So I dont fancy that much. As far as I am concerned as long as I am sticking to the CAA's rulebook I dont need permission from anyone to "fly". But I do need permission to take off and land at the site. Does anyone agree or disagree with this. If there is any merit in this, and all I need is permission to access the land, then perhaps I have a right to take off from any public footpath. Thoughts? Or am I losing the plot ?