THE BRITISH GARDEN : LIFE AND DEATH
BBC4 & Windfall Films
Director of Photography
Another one of Windfall films creative ideas, the British back garden is a familiar setting, but underneath the flower beds and the undergrowth is a much wilder hidden world, a miniature Serengeti, with beauty and brutality in equal measure. In this documentary, Chris Packham and a team of wildlife experts spent an entire year exploring every inch of a series of interlinked back gardens in Welwyn Garden City. I filmed most the natural history sequences for this show and sync with Chris Packham. Filming throughout all the seasons, capturing fox behaviour, frisky frogs, and lots of insects. One of the highlights was collecting all the snails in one garden bringing them back to the centre of the grass, then marking them with different coloured UV paints coinciding with the territory they came from and then releasing them. A Snail rave! It was very interesting to observe that the majority of the snails returned to the exact spot they were taken from, proving that they have remarkable homing skills.
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