A Silent Spring, narrated by wildlife cameraman, John Aitchison is my final project for my Masters Degree in Wildlife Filmmaking at the University of the West of England, Bristol.
Each spring more than 30 species of bird travel 1000’s of miles on epic journeys from Africa to the UK. However, up to two thirds of the birds that visit Britain each summer are suffering dramatic declines. This programme uncovers the trials and tribulations of some of our favourite summer visitors (the cuckoo, swift and osprey) and whether the latest tracking technology can help solve the mysteries of their decline before it’s too late.
Conservation is at the heart of this short documentary about three well-loved species and the dedicated people that are working to save them, like Emma Rawling (Perthshire ranger for the Scottish Wildlife Trust) and ‘Lady’ the osprey, who has successfully bred in Scotland for the last 23 years.
Imagine a spring devoid of the iconic calls of our cuckoos and swifts... can we solve the mysteries of their dramatic decline before it’s too late?