Short Wildlife Documentary submitted as part of my degree in Wildlife Documentary Production at the University of Salford.
The film focuses on the life-span of one of Britain's most adored yet mysterious insects, and explores the modern day threats and challenges posed to their future existence.
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Planning permission has been granted for a micro-hydro power scheme in Sheffield, England. Thousands of similar sites are earmarked for hydro development across the UK. Developers and politicians are overlooking the serious damage the schemes can cause to fragile river habitats and are supporting schemes that generate only tiny amounts of energy in a misguided rush to all things renewable. This film looks at the Kelham Island site on the river Don in Sheffield and highlights the broader ecological concerns that are being thrown aside.
I produced a 30 minute video for my final project at the University of Nottingham (MSc in Biological Photography and Imaging). As I was starting out into the conservation and natural history film making sector, I decided to do a piece on what is currently being done to protect wildlife in the Yorkshire Dales (I'm a Yorkshireman!).
I worked with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority so the video could be put to good use spreading the conservation word and now features on their website (yorkshiredales.org.uk/) in the wildlife projects section. I also worked with a number of other organisations; the Environment Agency, PBA Applied Ecology, RSPB and the University of Leeds.
There were many challenges, not only organising a multitude of interviews, but filming subjects at night, underwater and finding particularly elusive creatures! Being eaten alive by insects waiting for squirrels to wake up and spending many an hour up on Malham Cove trying to get shots of Peregrines, no easy feat!
With the help of some great people I was able to get the project done in time and I am now a Master of Science! A big thank you to all involved, I couldn't have done it without you.