“…mysterious and little known organisms live within walking distance of where you sit. Splendour awaits in minute proportions.”
E. O. Wilson
The naturalist John Burroughs wrote “to find new things, take the path you took yesterday.” It really doesn’t matter where you are, even in the heart of the city, if you dwell for long enough, look hard enough, you will find plenty to fascinate and inspire. From the clouds above our heads to the myriad of creatures living beneath our feet, nature provides a dizzying array of brain food.
This series of short films will delve into some of these details. Telling their stories in a straight forward documentary style, they will support the main film and feed into the community based parts of the project.
Ebb and Flow The tides drive the rhythm of life on the Dee estuary. We’ll look at the science behind these cycles and witness the drama as rare high tides flood the salt marsh and force out its many inhabitants.
Seasoned Travellers The Dee estuary plays an important role in the complex network of avian migration. Some birds live here. Some spend the summer here, or the winter. Others merely stop off for a week or two, breaking up their long journeys. The quest to understand these patterns is ongoing and will be the subject of this film.
Gorgeous Nothings The landscape of the clouds is rich and ever changing. It’s the one natural vista available to us even in our most urban environments. A little knowledge can help you make sense of what you see, and there is an awful lot to see, if you know what to look for. This film will be an atlas of the sky.
The Living Mud Overlooked by most people, but not by the wading birds who harvest them in their millions, the Dee mudflats conceal a fascinating array of micro-fauna. These shy creatures shape all life on the estuary and even sculpt the landscape over time. In this film we will reveal the minute splendour of their world.
Fire in the Sky The microclimate of the Dee estuary (we often find ourselves on an edge between weather systems), grants us some of the most spectacular sunsets and sunrises seen anywhere. This film will look at the physics involved and revel in the beauty of these times.