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Cheep! Very Cheap! Chickens!

The food chain links Tesco, Morrisons, McDonald’s, Nandos and M&S with ever more intensively reared chickens, that’s more demand at lower prices from more and more consumers = us.

Not only do these factory farms produce air pollution, but famously, now, the manure that has wrecked the beautiful (was) River Wye that borders Wales and England.  (see “POODUNNIT” www.brockinitiative.org)

American giant corporation Cargill, plus Avara in the UK are in the (extremely) big business of supplying food for chickens, probably grown on cleared forests. So we are at the end of that food chain – not exactly chicken-feed….

Last year 1.1 billion living crowded creatures were slaughtered for meat in the UK, while Britons consume an estimated 80 million eggs a day (The i 27/4/2024)


POODUNNIT? – A Wildlife Detective Story

By Richard Brock. Visit: brockinitiative.org/category/poodunnit-a-wildlife-detective-story

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VMI Cuts Carbon Emissions for Third Year by 36% on 2022

In its latest carbon audit conducted by Creative Zero, VMI proudly announced a significant achievement in its sustainability journey. After three consecutive years of dedicated efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, VMI has surpassed expectations by achieving a remarkable 36% reduction in its operational carbon footprint in 2023 compared to the 2022, which is a testament to VMI’s unwavering commitment to environmental responsibility and underscores the company’s dedication to making a positive impact on the planet.

VMI’s footprint, including all other relevant scope 3 emissions but without Capital Expenditure is 77.8T CO2e.2 (2022 – 120T CO2e)

77.8T CO2e is the equivalent of:

  • 153 return economy class flights from London to Barcelona,
  • OR driving a petrol car from Lands End to John O’Groats and back 114 times,
  • OR the average person living in the UK for 6 years.

Breaking Down the Numbers: Comparing the data from 2023 with the revised base year of 2021, the impact of VMI’s sustainability efforts becomes even more apparent. From 213T in 2021, VMI’s carbon emissions plummeted to 78T in 2023, marking an astounding reduction of 50.7%. These numbers, meticulously calculated in accordance with SBTi (Science-Based Targets initiative) guidelines, reflect VMI’s dedication to surpassing industry standards and driving meaningful change.

This holistic approach underscores VMI’s commitment to addressing emissions across all facets of its operations, demonstrating a multifaceted strategy towards environmental responsibility.

Implications and Future Outlook: VMI’s success in curbing carbon emissions not only showcases the tangible results of its sustainability initiatives but also serves as a beacon of inspiration for others within the industry. By setting ambitious targets, leveraging innovative solutions, and fostering a culture of environmental consciousness, VMI exemplifies how businesses can thrive while prioritizing planet-friendly practices. Looking ahead, VMI remains steadfast in its mission to continue reducing its carbon footprint, exploring new avenues for sustainability, and leading by example in the global fight against climate change.

Conclusion: In a world where environmental challenges loom large, VMI’s achievement stands as a testament to the power of collective action and unwavering commitment to a greener future. As VMI celebrates its remarkable carbon reduction journey, it not only redefines corporate responsibility but also ignites hope for a more sustainable tomorrow. With each milestone reached and every carbon emission mitigated, VMI paves the way for a world where businesses thrive in harmony with nature, proving that sustainability is not just a goal but a fundamental imperative for generations to come.

From: vmi.tv/blog/esg/vmi-cuts-carbon-emissions-for-third-year

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Sir David Attenborough to present Planet Earth III

The third instalment of the landmark award-winning series made is by BBC Studios Natural History Unit, co-produced by BBC America and The Open University.

BBC Studios Natural History Unit has confirmed that Sir David Attenborough will present Planet Earth III, the third instalment of the landmark award-winning series.

Mike Gunton Executive Producer said, ‘Planet Earth wouldn’t be Planet Earth without David, so I’m delighted he is presenting the third series. As ever, he has brought his huge enthusiasm and wisdom, has been encouraging about our new perspective and has, I know, really enjoyed seeing the extraordinary new wonders brought to the screen’

‘The opening of the series with David was filmed in the beautiful British countryside in exactly the location where Charles Darwin used to walk whilst thinking-over his Earth-shaking ideas about evolution. It seemed the perfect place for David to introduce Planet Earth III and remind us of both the wonders and the fragility of our planet. ….and for him, of course, the sun shined under blue skies one of the only days it did all summer!.’

Planet Earth III, an 8x60’ series made by BBC Studios Natural History Production co-produced with BBC America, ZDF and France Televisions in partnership with The Open University for BBC. The Executive Producer is Mike Gunton, and the Series Producer is Matt Brandon. It was commissioned by Jack Bootle, Head of Commissioning, Specialist Factual. It will tx on BBC One later this year.

From: bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/bbcstudios/2023sir-david-attenborough-announced-to-present-planet-earth-three-

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Do you dream of directing the next ground-breaking science TV programme or wildlife documentary?

Explore how the National Film and Television School's 2-year Directing and Producing Science and Natural History MA can train you to make captivating content about our world and beyond!

Check out the National Film and Television School's Science and Natural History Promo 2024 ... Find out more about the NFTS‘s renowned Directing and Producing Science and Natural History MA from the students at the National Film and Television School. Apply online at nfts.co.uk/snh


NFTS Science and Natural History Promo (c) NFTS 2024

They say: "What’s so great about the Directing and Producing Science and Natural History MA at NFTS? Here’s a few of our alumni with some answers. Application window for 2025 closing soon. Click the link to find out more: nfts.co.uk/directing-and-producing-science-and-natural-history"

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Recommended Books This Month:

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Wild Woman: Empowering Stories from Women who Work in Nature by Philippa Forrester

An engaging blend of conservation stories and humorous, personal anecdotes from Philippa Forrester about women who, like her, choose to live and work in the wild.

Surviving in the wilderness has long been associated with men, and conservation and environmental biology have traditionally been male-dominated subjects. Yet many remarkable women also choose to live and work in wild and challenging landscapes.

In Wild Woman, Philippa Forrester considers the grit and determination required for women to maintain connections to wildlife and shares stories of female conservation heroes and other extraordinary wild women working in nature.

Talking to women from around the world, Philippa studies and celebrates what it means to be a wild woman. From the sixteenth-century botanist who was the first woman to circumnavigate the globe to modern-day women responding to bear attacks in Yellowstone, working to rewild reserves in South Africa, photographing Caribou in the Arctic and more, Philippa examines how these women benefit from a life spent in the wilderness and also considers what the natural world gains from them.

Relating some of her own experiences from three decades spent travelling around the world and working in some of the wildest places on Earth, Philippa asks: what does it take for a woman to live or work in the wild?

"Wild Woman is a timely reminder of the feminine energy behind some groundbreaking successes in global wildlife conservation.Through deeply personal experiences, Philippa shows us with spirit and gusto that the natural world is a source of strength, wisdom, humour and comfort." – Sophie Pavelle, author of Forget Me Not

"After years of child-rearing and being wifely, Philippa Forrester emerges with a lot of pertinent questions. Wild Woman is a piercing, funny, self deprecating answer to what it is to be wild. Locally, globally, diverse and female, it is full of a lifetime's awe – and wise. This delightfully brilliant, sometimes rightfully angry book, puts women where they should be: at the heart of conservation, knowing what it is to be wild, to tune in, mend and support the natural world and our place in it. I am cheering her, and all these wonderful women on!" – Nicola Chester, author of On Gallows Down

"A powerful testament to why women must have a greater say when conserving our natural world." – Mike Dilger, naturalist and broadcaster

Published by Bloomsbury Wildlife, 29th February 2024, available at: Amazon.co.uk

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Natural Causes : The wild life of a wildlife filmmaker by Stephen Mills

Breathed on by a tiger, stalked by a lion, nearly flattened by a rhino, struck by lightning and rocked by an earthquake… A wildlife filmmaker’s life is certainly exciting.

But there’s a serious side to these adventures. In the last 50 years nature films have helped to shape public awareness of both the beauty of the natural world and its plight. Environmental issues that once seemed peripheral are now centre-stage.

Stephen Mills has been a leading cameraperson and writer and this is a book about his life in film. Natural Causes tells the story of his campaigns, his companions, his colleagues, the challenges and charms of the landscapes in which he has worked and the extraordinary wild animals he has filmed. And it is a book about one man’s modest bid to ever-so-slightly change the world. For, at its heart, Natural Causes touches on the profound spiritual importance of nature to us all.

“… if you have a dream, a mission, a wish to change the world, you can do it. You can do it as long as you accept that the dream may shrink, the mission may creep a little and the change you make may be very small and that all those little bites out of your ambitions in no way render them pointless.”

"This is a gripping story about the love of life and of nature itself. As a journalist, Stephen has influenced the agenda; as a film-maker, he’s inspired a wide audience; as a conservationist, he’s averted disasters – but above all, as this book proves, he’s a skilled storyteller. Read, enjoy, laugh and appreciate how small acts and using the power of your voice can change things for the better." – Roz Kidman Cox, former editor BBC Wildlife

Published by Chiselbury, 1st March 2024, available at: Amazon.co.uk

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Chris Packham's Birdwatching Guide: From Beginner to Birder by Chris Packham

Let Chris Packham’s passion for birdwatching ignite your own birdwatching journey ...

Wherever we live, we may encounter birds every day, but while we may see them, many of us don’t take the time to look, and while we might hear them, we might not listen. In this informative, fully illustrated birdwatching companion, expert birder Chris Packham inspires us to stop and engage with the wildlife all around us and start to build a relationship with the huge variety of interesting, colourful and characterful birds in all our lives – whether in the town or city, by the coast or in the countryside.

You don’t need any special equipment to become interested in birdwatching, nor do you need posh binoculars or to live on a nature reserve. Let Chris show you where and when to look for birds – whether in your own garden or from your balcony, in your local park or out in the countryside. Use this accessible reference guide to identify the different characters and characteristics of birds and experience the joy that comes from spotting a glimpse of a bird and knowing how to identify it.

Let Chris open your eyes and ears to the captivating world of birds.

Discover:

  • How to identify different species of birds, including key things to look for
  • How to create bird-friendly spaces to encourage wildlife into your garden
  • What to find in different bird habitats and learn why certain birds are attracted to specific habitats
  • All about hides and hide etiquette and equipment you might need to further your birdwatching journey

"This is a great book, as expected from Chris Packham, some excellent bird photographs, beautifully illustrated and put together ... and as the title suggests, perfect for a beginner to help them on their birding journey, whilst being essential for more experienced birders who need a fellow enthusisat like Chris sitting on their bookselves as a reference." JP

"This book isn’t designed for the likes of me, but I was able to show it to a few other folk and one of them said ‘Looks quite useful’ and I noticed they did pick it up several times (when they thought I wasn’t looking) and kept turning the pages with the appearance of real interest. I think this is a good introduction to looking at birds and will work for people of a wide range of ages. If it brings more people to show an interest in this small but very accessible portion of the natural world, and starts them off on a journey where they care more and do more for the environment, then it will be the latest in many such contributions from Chris."Mark Avery

Published by DK, 7th March 2024, available at: Amazon.co.uk

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CALL FOR ENTRY – INTRODUCING THE EUROPEAN WILDLIFE FILM AWARDS

Attention, story tellers of the natural world! This is your opportunity to be part of the very first European Wildlife Film Awards!

The European Wildlife Film Awards (EWFA) honor outstanding films that focus on nature-, wildlife- and conservation themes in Europe.

All selected films will be screened at the EWFA´s own nature film theatre, located in the `Botschaft der Wildtiere´ (Wildlife Embassy) in Hamburg HafenCity, Germany. Very generous prizes will be awarded to the winning films!

The EWFA are open for entry until May 31st 2024.

Check our website for further information: europeanwildlifefilmawards.eu.

Or enter your film directly here: filmfreeway.com/EuropeanWildlifeFilmAwards.


Showtime for Europe's wild nature - Introducing the European Wildlife Film Awards (EWFA)

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BBC Studios Natural History Unit Announced As Headline Sponsor for Wildscreen Festival 2024

Wildscreen, the not-for-profit behind the biggest festival of natural world storytelling globally, today unveils BBC Studios Natural History Unit as Headline Sponsor for the event on 14 – 18 October 2024.

The support of BBC Studios Natural History Unit as Headline Sponsors marks its commitment to supporting the future of the international wildlife film and TV industry, with a focus on driving an inclusive and sustainable global talent pipeline.

BBC Studios Natural History Unit has partnered on a number of projects with Wildscreen, including the first ever Wildscreen Festival African hub in 2022, Wildscreen Festival Nairobi last year and, this coming year, on Wildscreen Festival Tanzania which will take place in June 2024. These events offer bespoke in-person opportunities to support and showcase in-country talent.

Speaking about BBC Studios Natural History Unit’s support of Wildscreen Festival, Wildscreen CEO Lucie Muir said: “BBC Studios Natural History Unit and Wildscreen are perfectly aligned in wanting to push the boundaries of innovation in the wildlife storytelling genre whilst also supporting a more equitable community of storytellers.

“Our Festival convenes thousands of industry leaders and entrants from over 40 countries, providing a platform for connections, funding, education and networking. With their support, we aim to make this year's Wildscreen Festival more impactful, inclusive and innovative than ever before.” 

Jonny Keeling, Head of BBC Studios Natural History Unit, said, “Never has it been more important to tell stories that inspire people to love and protect the natural world. Many of those stories are initiated and nurtured at the Wildscreen Festival so we are really excited and proud to be the Headline Sponsor this year and continue to build an equitable and sustainable industry.”

The 2024 edition of the festival takes place from the 14-18 October 2024 in Bristol and via a globally accessible virtual platform. Hybrid, reaffirming Wildscreen’s commitment to creating an inclusive, accessible and sustainable Festival.

Wildscreen Festival early bird passes are on sale now, with a variety of hybrid and virtual passes available allowing delegates to choose how and when they experience the festival. Tickets can be purchased here.

Follow the Festival on Instagram.com/wildscreenorg and twitter.com/WildscreenFest.

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"Planeta microbio (Microbe planet)" – A new documentary series from Rubén Duro's Science into Images ...

How do microbes behave outside the laboratory, in places close to us?

You will find the answer in this new series, which aims to offer a radically unique vision of the subject, showing the importance that microbes have for our life and our planet.

Throughout twelve chapters, and using special techniques, we will be able to see the spectacular and unusual world of microbes as we have never been shown until now.


Tráiler Planeta Microbio | CaixaForum+

The series is composed of 12 x 25 min episodes. Watch them here on streaming platform Caixaforum+ from the 2nd of May: caixaforumplus.org/c/planeta-microbio

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Mangrove Photography Awards 2024 – 10 Years Celebrating Mangroves, Now Open for Entries!

Mangrove Action Project – a global charity dedicated to promoting science-based training to conserve and protect mangroves – has launched their 10th Mangrove Photography Awards. The competition invites photographers of all ages and levels to submit images that showcase the beauty, diversity and fragility of mangrove forests worldwide.

Mangroves are one of the world’s most critical ecosystems – and one of the most threatened. Their ability to store up to five times more carbon in soil compared to tropical inland forests makes them among our most powerful nature-based solutions to the climate crisis. Yet today, less than half the world’s original mangrove forest cover remains.

In an effort to highlight the importance of mangrove forests and the threats they and coastal communities relying on them face, the annual Awards aims to catalyse conservation and restoration efforts for these complex ecosystems. By drawing on the power of visual storytelling, we can deepen peoples’ understanding of the importance of mangroves and ways we can continue to protect them.

There are 5 single image categories that appeal to a range of interests and approaches – Wildlife, People, Landscape, Threats and Underwater – as well as Conservation Stories, a multiple image category allowing photographers to tell powerful narratives related to mangrove habitats.

As in previous years, we’re proud to bring together some of the world’s most celebrated conservationists, wildlife photographers and videographers. This year’s judging panel includes one of India’s most accomplished nature and wildlife photographers, Dhritiman Mukherjee; National Geographic Explorer and International League of Conservation Photographers senior fellow Morgan Heim; and Christian Ziegler, a renowned photojournalist specialising in natural history, conservation and science stories.

Photographers of all backgrounds, ages, and levels are invited to submit their images in any of the categories. A winner will be chosen for each category, with an overall winner being crowned Mangrove Photographer of the Year. Meanwhile, photographers under the age of 23 will vie for the Young Mangrove Photographer of the Year prize. All winners will be announced on 26th July to celebrate World Mangrove Day. The competition is free to enter with cash prizes for each category.

Enter the contest: Entries for all categories close on May 19th, 2024. To enter, visit photography.mangroveactionproject.org

Follow the Awards on Instagram and Facebook.

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Top 10 best natural sounds - from waves crashing, to haunting whale song ...

Brits claim to feel relaxed among the sounds of nature - but almost half worry that climate change means they may not hear them for much longer.

Brits’ favourite natural sounds include waves crashing against the shore, the gentle trickle of water flowing in a stream – and hauntingly beautiful whale song, research has found. A poll of 2,000 adults found these audio delights were closely followed the morning chorus of birds singing – and the trumpeting crescendo of wild elephants, to round off the top five.

However, 44 percent worry they soon won’t have the chance to enjoy the sounds of nature, because of climate change.

More than a quarter (27 percent) admit to being too busy to listen to the sounds around them while on their travels – with 26 percent of those blaming noisy traffic.

Despite this, 93 percent admit they feel relaxed in the sounds of nature – although fewer than half (49 percent) often make the effort to experience those nearby.

The research was commissioned by Dolby to mark its launch of “Seven Sonic Wonders of the World”.

The immersive album was created by wildlife sound recordist, Chris Watson, and award-winning composer, Nainita Desai, and allows listeners to enjoy rare sounds from around the world.

Chris Watson, who worked on David Attenborough’s “Life” series, and the BBC series “Frozen Planet”, said: “I’ve been fortunate enough to travel around the world and hear nature at its very best.

“We often neglect the joys the sounds of the Earth bring us, over the sights it brings us – but they really do go hand in hand.

“It brings me great pleasure to work on this project, to reveal some of the most inspiring sounds I’ve heard on my travels.

“I hope the tracks transport listeners to the heart of these natural wonders, to where I originally placed my microphones – Dolby Atmos helps take them there.”

Read more: express.co.uk/news/nature/1881537/top-10-best-sounds-nature-waves-water-wildlife

Buy the Album: apple.co/4aVG5KK

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EIA at 40 – lifting the lid on Sin City, Laos’ notorious playground for illegal wildlife trade

In the countdown to EIA’s 40th anniversary later this year, we are featuring films and stories from our archive, highlighting our work exposing environmental crime and abuse around the world.

Today, we’re sharing a flashback to a film we made in 2015 to accompany a major Wildlife team investigation and report into Laos’ notorious Sin City.

On the ground, we documented how the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone (GT SEZ), in Bokeo Province, had effectively become a lawless playground.

The complex comprised a casino, hotel, shops, restaurants, a shooting range and massage parlours – and visitors were able to openly buy endangered species products including tigers, leopards, elephants, rhinos, pangolins, helmeted hornbills, snakes and bears, all smuggled in from Asia and Africa.

Undercover investigators from EIA and our partner Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV) also documented restaurants with endangered species on their menus, from ”sauté tiger meat” and bear paws to reptiles and pangolins.

One business kept a live python and a bear cub in cages, both of which were available to eat on request.

Despite being situated in Laos, the GT SEZ, run by the Chinese company Kings Romans Group, functioned more as an extension of China – it ran on Beijing time, signs were in Mandarin, most workers were Chinese nationals and the Chinese yuan was the main currency.


Sin City: Illegal wildlife trade in Laos’ Special Economic Zone

From: eia-international.org/news/eia-at-40-lifting-the-lid-on-sin-city-laos-notorious-playground-for-illegal-wildlife-trade

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Art Below the Surface. – Boxfish Robotics

In the vast expanse of the ocean lies a realm of mystery and beauty waiting to be discovered. Black Whale Pictures, a pioneering filmmaking company, brings innovative underwater cinematography to life using cutting-edge technology to capture the enigmatic world beneath the waves.

At the heart of the French production company Black Whale Pictures lies a profound connection with the ocean. The company’s founder, Antoine Drancey, who has experience as a camera operator, director, and crew member on notable maritime expeditions such as 1Ocean with UNESCO, Barba, and Energy Observer, has combined a deep passion for biodiversity and the sea with technical acumen and established Black Whale Pictures in 2017.

Black Whale Pictures and their Innovative Underwater Approach to Cinematography

A pivotal asset in their technological arsenal since 2022 is the Boxfish Luna, an innovative underwater drone by the New Zealand manufacturer of professional ROVs and AUVs, Boxfish Robotics. This drone has transformed how Black Whale Pictures approaches underwater cinematography. With the Luna, filmmakers can dive into the ocean’s depths without leaving the deck, controlling the camera remotely to capture the elusive beauty of marine life. This ensures their safety and allows them to focus solely on capturing the perfect shot.


Art Below the Surface with Black Whale Pictures

The Boxfish Luna allows customisable setup, providing filmmakers with control over their filming. With easy access to shutter speed, ISO, or aperture, Luna offers a range of options to suit any filming scenario. This flexibility empowers cinematographers to unleash their creativity and capture the essence of marine life in stunning detail.

"You can achieve with the Boxfish Luna and its control of everything in the camera whatever you want, and then the small artist in every cameraman can speak." Antoine Drancey, founder of Black Whale Pictures

However, filming in the ocean comes with its own set of challenges, as Antoine highlighted in his story about a walrus encounter (watch the video to get more details). Despite taking precautions to approach the animals cautiously, unpredictability is an inherent aspect of wildlife filming. A delicate balance between safety and capturing the moment requires quick thinking on the spot and advanced technical expertise from the crew.

Black Whale Pictures demonstrates what professionals can achieve if they have access to the best innovative tools. They push the boundaries of underwater cinematography and envision a future for underwater filmmaking in using professional drones.

Watch the case study interview to learn more about the various aspects of innovative underwater filmmaking and discover the wonders of the underwater world through the underwater drone!

From: boxfishrobotics.com/case_study/art-below-the-surface

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Global Conservation Launches New Film Series: War on Nature

Online Docuseries Spotlights Conservation Heroes in Developing Countries And Their Critical Efforts to Combat Forest Destruction and Species Extinction

Global Conservation, the only international non-profit organization focused on direct protection of endangered National Parks and Indigenous Territories in developing countries, is proud to present its new film series War on Nature.

The ten-episode film series airing on YouTube exposes the ongoing destruction of the world's last intact forests, marine ecosystems, and endangered species on the brink of extinction and chronicles Global Conservation's race to protect them.

The first-of-its-kind series takes the audience to the world's most critical frontline battles in the War on Nature – from Africa to the Amazon, the jungles of the Leuser Ecosystem on the island of Sumatra to the coral reefs of the Derawan Archipelago – to meet the real Heroes in Protection battling to save the planet.

These short films explore the massive impact of illegal logging and mining, palm oil expansion, wildlife poaching, illegal fishing, and burning of the Earth's last intact forests and wildlife habitats.

Heroes in Protection profiled include Farwiza Farhan of HaKA Sumatra, a TIME 100 Awardee in 2023, and Michael Keigwin, MBE of the Uganda Conservation Foundation (UCF), who has dedicated his life to protecting Uganda's endangered national parks and wildlife. In their fight to save our planet, these notable conservation leaders have faced massive illegal wildlife poaching, heavy corruption, and fights against criminal gangs, all with limited financial resources. 

"Without these Heroes in Protection, the Earth would not stand a chance against humankind's War on Nature," said Jeff Morgan, Founder and Executive Director of Global Conservation. "Without the direct support of Global Conservation, many endangered UNESCO World Heritage sites, National Parks, Indigenous Territories, and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in developing countries face daunting challenges for survival."

Directed and narrated by world-renowned conservation filmmakers like Paul Hilton and Andrea Pistoli, the first two films of the series focus on the War on Nature: Uganda and the recovery of Murchinson Falls National Park and Kidepo Valley National Park, and the War on Nature: Sumatra protecting the Leuser Ecosystem – the Last Place on Earth where tigers, elephants, rhinos, and orangutans exist together in the wild. Upcoming episodes in 2024 in the War on Nature series include Panama, Georgia, Zimbabwe, Borneo, and Marine Protection.

"Every time we lose a species, we are one step closer to our own demise," said Paul Hilton. "By traveling to these locations and meeting the people on the ground, it really hits home how underfunded and underappreciated these Heroes in Protection truly are. Risking their lives daily, these frontlines heroes are dedicating their lives to protect the biodiversity and most critical habitats on our planet, and with Global Conservation's direct funding, equipment, and training, and Global Park Defense and Community Protection methodologies, they are creating scalable and effective models across five continents."


War on Nature Series

For more information on the War on Nature film series, please visit WaronNature.org.

For more information on Global Conservation, please visit GlobalConservation.org.

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TOXIC: Britain’s forever polluted rivers and seas

ENDS Report and Watershed Investigations join volunteers from across the United Kingdom to uncover the toxic truth about PFAS pollution.

They've been described as the greatest chemical threat facing humankind in the 21st century.

PFAS, known as forever chemicals, have been building up in the natural environment – and even our own bodies – for decades. They are linked to cancers, hormone-related diseases, obesity and fertility issues in humans, and similar health issues in wildlife.

But where is this pollution coming from and how much of it is flowing into our rivers and out to sea?

In this documentary, ENDS Report and Watershed Investigations join volunteers as they take water samples and wild oysters from estuaries across the United Kingdom to uncover the toxic truth. Former Undertones frontman and clean rivers campaigner Feargal Sharkey and Green Party peer Natalie Bennett respond to the findings.


TRAILER TOXIC: Britain's forever polluted rivers and seas

Watch the film here: endsreport.com/toxic

What else is TOXIC in our waterways? Poo, that's what. Watch Richard Brock's film "POODUNNIT? – A Wildlife Detective Story"

This is a wildlife detective story, very watchable, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but with a serious intention, plus outstanding wildlife film production values with BBC Natural History Unit experience.

Watch it. Become a Sherlock Holmes and find out! “POODUNNIT?” Whodunnit? Is doing it?


POODUNNIT? – A Wildlife Detective Story

Visit: brockinitiative.org/category/poodunnit-a-wildlife-detective-story

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Do you dream of directing the next ground-breaking science TV programme or wildlife documentary?

Explore how the National Film and Television School's 2-year Directing and Producing Science and Natural History MA can train you to make captivating content about our world and beyond!

Don't miss the online open day on Tuesday 16th April from 12-1pm.

Do you dream of directing the next ground-breaking science TV programme or wildlife documentary? Explore how our 2-year Directing and Producing Science and Natural History MA can train you to make captivating content about our world and beyond! Don't miss our online open day on Tuesday 16th April from 12-1pm. Book your free place: nfts.co.uk/events

Posted by National Film and Television School on Tuesday 2 April 2024

Book your free place: nfts.co.uk/events

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POODUNNIT?
GOLD NUGGET?
Back end of two stories.

Richard Brock is two people. One is a wildlife film-maker and lives in Somerset in Chew Magna. The other Richard Brock is a detectorist who also lives in Somerset, but suddenly rushed off to Shropshire to get the largest gold nugget yet found in England, worth an estimated £30,000. They're only connected via poo!

One of the biggest stories recently has been about pollution on the River Wye and chicken manure. But both "Richard Brocks" got muddled up by both reporters at ITV and BBC who were interested in the nugget and not the poo problem. On the phone message it sounded like "Poodunnit?" - a wildlife detective story, rather than "gold nugget". It nearly got to the point of a crew turning up in Chew Magna to film one Richard Brock, whilst the other Richard Brock was chasing gold in Shropshire and not poo on the River Wye.

See: Detectorist finds 'largest' gold nugget in England & Man turns up an hour late to dig with faulty detector and finds biggest golden nugget in England etc ...

Interested in Poo? Watch POODUNNIT?

You're not likely going to find a nugget of gold anytime soon, but poo nuggets are everywhere, easy to find!!

You may have seen and heard about the bad conditions on our waterways, rivers, lakes, shores and coasts. Clean water is precious, both to us and wildlife, as Sir David Attenborough has stressed in his major wildlife conservation series on BBC 1, “Wild Isles”. Fixing it will be a massive challenge and costs will be high affecting what we will have to pay. But who is getting richer too? And how? It’s a scandal, involving what amounts to a crime, or rather a number of crimes. So, in addition to the massive media coverage and long-term news campaigns, we offer a film “POODUNNIT?” Different from the inevitable foul examples in what were pristine rivers “POODUNNIT?” tracks down the potential culprits with several Sherlock Holmes logos (+ farts!) in an hour-long hunt for the criminals on one of Britain’s most favourite rivers – the Wye, which flows between England and Wales – 155 miles. The journey follows the threatened Wye, through one year, from source to sea, using that ace fisherman the heron, and the handsome wild duck the mallard, as our guides, revealing whodunit? along the course of the dying Wye.

This is a wildlife detective story, very watchable, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but with a serious intention, plus outstanding wildlife film production values with BBC Natural History Unit experience.

Watch it. Become a Sherlock Holmes and find out! “POODUNNIT?” Whodunnit? Is doing it?


POODUNNIT? – A Wildlife Detective Story

Visit: brockinitiative.org/category/poodunnit-a-wildlife-detective-story

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Sky Nature unveils first look at Secret World of Sound with David Attenborough

Brand new, three-part nature series uses world class technology to listen to the animal world like never before. Series will launch on Sky Nature and streaming service NOW on Sunday 25 February.

Sky has today (Tuesday 6 February 2024) announced its brand new, ground-breaking nature series - Secret World of Sound with David Attenborough - will launch on Sunday 25 February on Sky Nature, as well as streaming service NOW.

Sky also unveiled the series trailer providing viewers a first look at this unique, three-part series, which explores how animals use sound to communicate, thrive and survive in the natural world.

Incredible footage captured throughout the documentary series will give viewers an intimate look at how baby caiman communicates with each other from within the egg, how lions and hyaenas battle in the dark using sound, how a strange fish baffled residents with its eerie hum, and how some birds have mastered the art of mimicry to remarkable effect. Packed with insight and new scientific discoveries, Secret World of Sound with David Attenborough will transport viewers into the natural world for an unforgettable experience full of wonder.

Filmed in 4K ultra-high definition, each episode of the series will feature in-depth stories of eight animals, followed by five-minutes of Behind-The-Scenes footage. Unveiling the very latest in audio technology, the series uses specially adapted cameras and laser vibrometers, which allows humans to truly eavesdrop on the animal world for the first time and discover new stories and information that have been hidden until now.

The series incorporates microphones so tiny, they fit on your fingertip, and so precise they can detect the noise of a baby caiman calling from inside the egg. With 360-Dolby Atmos Sound, viewers will experience the breath-taking sounds of the natural world as never heard before.

Sharmila Choudhury, Series Producer said: “We are delighted to be able to reveal a fascinating side to the natural world that is often overlooked, showing the many astonishing ways that animals use sound to survive and thrive.”

Poppy Dixon, Director of Documentaries and Factual, Sky UK said: “We’re incredibly excited to bring this ground-breaking natural history series to the Sky audience. Offering a surprising and intimate view of the natural world, through the medium of sound, we’re thrilled to have worked with the incomparable Sir David Attenborough and the Humble Bee team on this innovative project.”

Secret World of Sound with David Attenborough was commissioned for Sky Nature by Zai Bennett, MD of Content, Sky UK&I, Poppy Dixon, Director of Documentaries & Factual and Tom Barry, Commissioning Editor. It is produced by Humble Bee Films (UK) and Infield Fly Productions (Canada). Executive producers are Stephen Dunleavy and Dugald Maudsley, series producer is Sharmila Choudhury.

Abacus Media Rights is handling the international sales of the series.

From: skygroup.sky/en-gb/article/sky-nature-unveils-first-look-at-secret-world-of-sound-with-david-attenborough

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Join The Big Plastic Count

LET’S INVESTIGATE TO STOP THE PLASTIC CRISIS

Nearly 100 billion pieces of plastic packaging are thrown away by UK households every year, and just 12% is recycled in the UK.

It’s time the government got serious about tackling the plastic crisis. You can help by taking part in The Big Plastic Count!

JOIN THE UK'S BIGGEST PLASTIC INVESTIGATION

Count your plastic for one week – 11-17 March 2024.

For one week in March, thousands of schools, households, community groups and businesses will be coming together to count their plastic waste. And we want you to join them.

Almost a quarter of a million people took part in The Big Plastic Count in 2022. Together we revealed that almost two billion pieces of plastic packaging are being thrown away a week. This year you can help build even more evidence to convince UK ministers to lead the way at the global talks that could finally phase out plastic pollution for good.


What really happens to our plastic? Join The Big Plastic Count 2024.

Sign up today: thebigplasticcount.com/2024

Check out Brock Initiative Wildlife Winners & Losers films on Plastics

AS RICHARD BROCK SAID IN HIS PLANET CRUNCH BOOK (DOWNLOAD A FREE COPY HERE!) "As an ingenious, widespread and increasingly abundant species we excrete a huge variety of stuff."

Some could be useful to other people elsewhere but the “throwaway” lifestyle has now been encouraged and adopted worldwide. That might seem to be good news, the spread of so-called “progress” but the bad news is that there’s now no “away” to throw it to. Because from the sky to the deepest sea, this stuff is being broken up, and is dispersing and is being absorbed as part of the ecosystem.

These substances, especially plastics, may be poisonous and kill. And that can include us at the end of the food chain with filter feeders like shellfish which concentrate poisons in their bodies. Similarly, with dolphins and whales; they gradually die from chemicals in the oceans, sometimes also trapped in fishing gear, or the young killed by what’s in the mother’s milk. In the English Channel, PCB’s and mercury, banned 40 years ago, have been found at high levels. In humans they have been linked to cancer.

PLASTICS ARE COVERED IN THE ACCOMAPANYING PLANET CRUNCH FILM:


Planet Crunch

Uniquely...Altogether...Now...The Life (or death?) of Planet Earth - Planet Crunch covers Nature and Us, Population, The Media, Tourism, Money, Waster and Plastic, Climate Change, Conservation, Energy, Water, Food, Biodiversity, Shopping, Farming, Forests and Fishing.

AND RICHARD HAS MADE A NUMBER OF OTHER FILMS ABOUT PLASTICS:

See life suffers immesely ... take a look at how plastics effect puffins, fulmars dolphins, whales, seals and more!


Wildlife Winners & Losers Films on PLASTICS

VISIT: brockinitiative.org/category/issues/plastics

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Sir David Attenborough to present BBC Studios Natural History Unit's Mammals

Co-produced by BBC America, ZDF, Youku and France Télévisions, major new for series BBC One and iPlayer will see Attenborough revisit the extraordinary group of animals.

"I’m delighted Sir David is returning to the BBC to present this fascinating new series. Mammals are the most adaptable and – for my money – adorable animals on earth." — Jack Bootle, Head of Commissioning, Specialist Factual, BBC

Mammals are the most successful animal group on earth. Found on every continent and in every ocean, they’ve evolved to master almost every habitat on our planet. But how?

Twenty years after Life of Mammals, Attenborough revisits this extraordinary group of animals in a major new series for BBC One and iPlayer: Mammals. Full of new, never- before-seen behaviours, this series offers fascinating insights into the most successful animal group in the world. From the tiny Etruscan shrew to the giant blue whale, Mammals will reveal the secrets of their success, and how their winning design, incredible adaptability, unrivalled intelligence and unique sociability have all contributed to their remarkable rise.

By weight less than 6% of today’s mammals are wild animals and many species face extinction. As well as giving viewers an exciting new perspective on a remarkable group of animals, the series will also highlight many of the problems faced by mammals in today’s rapidly changing world.

Each episode explores a different environment; Dark, Cold, Heat, Water, Forest and The New Wild – an episode which explores the ingenious ways mammals are adapting to a world dominated by humans, arguably the most successful mammal of all. And each episode covers a range of remarkable mammals – from the miniature tenrecs of Madagascar to the humpback whales of the Indian ocean.

Roger Webb, Executive Producer says: “Being mammals ourselves, the animals featured in the series and the stories told about them are instantly relatable. It’s impossible not to admire a mother capuchin monkey who’s able to provide her baby with a drink in a dry, sun baked forest or a chimpanzee father giving his family a lesson in finding honey buried underground. This connection to us, makes Mammals an incredibly engaging and compelling piece of television – one that will also lead us to question our role in the lives of the wild mammals we share the planet with.”

Scott Alexander, Series Producer says: “Mammals includes animals like the great apes, the big cats, dolphins, whales as well as the mythical wolverine and adorable tenrec – who wouldn’t want to make a series with such a wonderful cast of animals”.

Jack Bootle, Head of Commissioning, Specialist Factual, adds: “Following the enormous success of Wild Isles and Planet Earth III last year, I’m delighted Sir David is returning to the BBC to present this fascinating new series. Mammals are the most adaptable and – for my money – adorable animals on earth, and I can’t wait for viewers to learn more about the remarkable strategies they use to survive in every corner of the planet.”

Mammals, a 6 x 60’ series made by BBC Studios Natural History Unit and co-produced by BBC America, ZDF, Youku and France Télévisions. It was commissioned by Jack Bootle, Head of Commissioning, Specialist Factual and Sreya Biswas, Head of Natural History, BBC Commissioning. The Executive Producer is Roger Webb and the Series Producer is Scott Alexander. It will tx on BBC One and iPlayer this spring.

From: bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/bbcstudios/2024/sir-david-attenborough-to-present-bbc-studios-natural-history-units-mammals

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Chimps Are Our Closest Living Animal Relative And For That Fact Alone They Deserve To Be Celebrated
By Pupfish Publishing
16th February 2024

New Book Coming Soon: The Book of Being Chimp by Wildlife Film-maker Adrian Cale with a foreword by Dr Jane Goodall

Inspired by a fascination for chimps ever since he could use his own opposable thumbs, this is Adrian Cale’s warm and witty look at the wonderful but challenging world of simply being a chimpanzee.

The Book of Being Chimp is an entertaining celebration of the chimpanzee. Written with fact-filled, often witty reverence and featuring 100 of the author’s beautiful photographs, it is a fun and informative step-by-step guide to chimpanzee life. The captivating pictures are accompanied by a simple, humorous, and engaging text which tells you all about the contrasting lives of chimps in the wild and those being rehabilitated at rescue centres.

The book is presented across 40 beautifully designed spreads. Each spread starts with the word 'being' as part of a sequential guide to the various stages, characteristics, behaviour, quirks and challenges of chimp life. From being a mum, being a community and being clever, to being bottle-fed, being ticklish and being encouraged etc, this charming and touching book will leave you brimming with knowledge and rooting for chimps everywhere.

"Emotive, informative, inspirational and enchanting, with stunning photographs and clear writing throughout… If chimps themselves could read, this might well be their own how-to-grow-up guide." - Dr Jane Goodall, DBE - Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

"This warm, witty and beautiful book encourages everyone to see how much we share with chimps – and their right to share the planet with us too." - Patrick Barkham - Bestselling natural history author.

"A beautiful book with stunning photographs, this is a wonderfully humorous, informative and personal story all about chimps. Quite simply, a great read for all the family.” - Iolo Williams - BBC Willdife Tv Presenter (Springwatch, Winterwatch)

"Just when you think chimpanzees can't be any more fascinating! This beautiful book shares new insights into the lives of our closest cousins. Written in a funny and engaging way, you are left feeling empowered to conserve them and their wild environment." Megan McCubbin - BBC Wildlife TV Presenter & Zoologist (Animal Park, Springwatch)

Publisher: Pupfish Publishing
Distributed by CBL Distribution.
RRP £19.99

About the Author           

Adrian Cale is an award-winning wildlife filmmaker, writer and naturalist who has made acclaimed TV documentaries for broadcasters including BBC, National Geographic, Animal Planet and Sky. Many are also shown on well-known streaming services.

Adrian has contributed work towards ape conservation for the Jane Goodall Institute, Ape Alliance, and International Animal Rescue.

He is a Fellow at the Zoological Society of London, and one of the Presidents of the Young Peoples Trust for the Environment (YPTE).

Publication date: Tuesday 5th March 2024                  Available from all good bookshops!

Pre-order on Amazon.co.uk

Full Press Release here...

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The first Wildlife Filmmaking Course of its kind: Immersed in nature with Too Wild
By Too Wild
7th February 2024

A nature filmmaking masterclass provided by a team that brings international wildlife stories to the screens of National Geographic, Nat Geo WILD, BBC, WWF, Disney+, WildEarth, and more.

The bush is humming full of life, and if we are agile enough to witness and read it, we can share its story through film. Nature lovers and storytellers can now merge and master these two worlds through Too Wild.

Meet South Africa’s first immersive wildlife filmmaking course while living and learning directly in the bush.

Be mentored. Get hands-on experience. Build a showreel. All in the bush.

Too Wild is excited to bring industry professionals and eager learners together in their wildlife filmmaking course. Learners can anticipate a life-changing experience in the wild discovering how to ethically film wild animals while living 6 weeks in the heart of the African bush – in the Timbavati Game Reserve of The Greater Kruger National Park.

Throughout the nature cinematography programme, learners utilise industry-standard camera equipment to create stories and build a showreel, all the while enjoying mentorships from experienced naturalists, trackers, cinematographers, and the post-production team.

Candidates will study directly from a team with collective experience working with National Geographic, Nat Geo WILD, BBC, WWF, Disney+, WildEarth, SABC, DSTV and CGTN. Additionally, students are treated to a premium experience: having renowned wildlife filmmakers as our guest speakers for a day.

Together with our four experienced core team members, students focus on four distinct aspects of wildlife documentaries with a generous film set of over 7,000 hectares to hone their craft.

4 Core Components of the Wildlife Filmmaking Course

The programme’s lessons are conducted in an immersive panoramic teaching style in a small group of 8 learners, with dedicated one-on-one mentoring. We will establish the foundations of researching a story through to final development as our team of expert mentors contribute their unique skills from different fields to understand animal behaviour, the natural environment, impact producing, storytelling, and post-production.

1. Filmmaking

This practical course pillar focuses on teaching learners how to:

  • Shoot to wildlife industry standards while discovering their creative flairUnderstand animal behaviour and the surrounding environment from the experts
  • Operate safely and ethically in the wild confidently
  • Build wildlife camera rigs and use specialised equipment
  • Create captivating and immersive sequences with their technical skills

2. Impact producing

This creative course pillar focuses on teaching learners how to:

  • Tell captivating stories from the natural world as tools to create social, behavioural and environmental change
  • Understand the responsibility you have as a filmmaker and how to behave in the wild
  • Focus on ethics in wildlife filmmaking - how far do you go to get that shot?

3. Post-production

Our partners, Think Lemonade, specialise in natural history and will be hosting the post-production part of our programme. This technical course pillar focuses on teaching learners how to:

  • Creatively weave pictures, sounds, words and colour grading to move in harmony and produce a moving picture
  • Manage your data, the very foundation of starting to put together a documentary
  • Build sequences and timelines using editing software
  • Create a soundscape using natural sounds and music
  • Learn to shoot for the edit

4. Ecology

At Too Wild, we believe in creating an immersive experience that changes the way people walk through the world by inspiring curiosity, wonder and empathy. As such, we enforce a strict non-interference policy through eco-friendly filmmaking so that the well-being of the animals will always come before the shot. This ethical course pillar focuses on teaching learners how to:

  • Learn the foundations of animal behaviour
  • Explore ecological concepts which will change your way of thinking about the natural world
  • Learn to read the tracks and signs of the wild for more immersive storytelling.
  • Dive into the sensory world and challenge the way we look, smell, hear, taste and feel.

Watch the Promo:


Wildlife Filmmaking Course 2024

Ideal Candidates

This course is open to ANYONE and all skill levels. We aim to be all-inclusive, as long as the student is above the age of 18. We welcome wildlife enthusiasts, documentary hobbyists, and budding filmmakers ready to jumpstart their career and their portfolios.

Plus, our course is ideal for you if you:

  • Are a wildlife enthusiast and have an inherent respect for nature and animals
  • Are an adventurous soul who is looking for an authentic experience with wildlife
  • Have an interest in film and/or photography
  • Are a filmmaking student who wants to gain field experience in a Big 5 territory
  • Are starting in your professional journey and want to get some hands-on experience whilst expanding your skills
  • Want a break from your day-to-day life to focus on your passions.

Committed to Uplifting Local Talent

In addition to sharing our knowledge and love of capturing the bush with the world, we have a special focus on equipping local talent with the skills to become a wildlife filmmaker. Too Wild has partnered with the Timbavati Foundation, Wild Shots Outreach and Ruggedwear to create a community outreach programme.

A percentage of every student’s fee from the course will go towards sponsoring a student from one of the local communities on the edge of the game reserve, to nurture local talent and produce the next generation of South African wildlife filmmakers. Together, we have the power to inspire change and uplift the youth.

More than a course, a community

Additionally, participants also gain access to the exclusive Too Wild community. Learners depart from the programme, but never fully leave the Too Wild experience. Our course participants are supported as part of a larger network of like-minded individuals with resources and more.

Once a participant, alumni become members of the Too Wild community, which includes:

  • Joining the global Too Wild WhatsApp Group
  • Access to exclusive content and workshops
  • Discussions, networking and opportunities
  • Staying notified of wildlife-focused science
  • Support from Too Wild, with access to the mentors
  • Updates on Too Wild’s evolution and future projects
  • Plus, special discounts and offers

So, start by watching this:


Wildlife Filmmaking Course 2024

Sign up now to begin

For more information on this wildlife filmmaking course, contact the team by sending an email to immersed@toowild.co now or head to www.toowild.co.

See the Full Feature here ...

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Another side effect from war in Gaza? Animals starving in its besieged zoos ...

Israel's war with Hamas has created a humanitarian crisis for the millions of Palestinians stuck in Gaza. Most of the population has been displaced by Israel's intensifying military campaign – with the United Nations saying nowhere is safe in Gaza as Israeli airstrikes have hit every part of the besieged strip. Israeli bombardment has even destroyed Gaza zoos, killing many of the animals there. The animals that survived are starving alongside their human caretakers.

The United Nations reports that 90% of the population of Gaza regularly goes a whole day without food. Other basic necessities like clean water, fuel, medicine and medical supplies are all scarce. In the face of all this, some zookeepers in Gaza say animals are dying of starvation. .

In retaliation for Hamas' Oct. 7 attack that killed 1,200 people, according to Israel, entire neighborhoods have been leveled and the war has killed more than 27,000 people, according to Palestinian health officials.

Veterinarian Dr. Amir Khalil of Four Paws, an organization dedicated to saving animals from war zones, is trying to coordinate a rescue mission from some of Gaza's remaining zoos. He rescued and treated animals during previous conflicts in Gaza and knows the dire conditions the animals were living in even before the war. He contacted the various parties involved, including the Israeli army, Palestine Authority, and locals in Gaza, to try and facilitate.

As the war in Gaza escalates, hopes for his mission dwindle. While seemingly secondary in the shadow of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, Khalil spoke with Morning Edition about the importance of saving any innocent life from the horrors of war. "I think it is the wrong time to say whom to save and whom not to save," said Khalil "Everyone has his function to do. I think if I'm able to help one creature, it's enough for me."

The situation in Gaza presents a unique set of challenges and dangers. Khalil describes the need for "intelligence work" before even embarking on the rescue.

"We are prepared for the unexpected ... but the most important thing is the safety and the security for the team," said . Khalil. "So we cannot enter without coordination with all involved stakeholders... So it's like a military operation, in fact."

Read more: npr.org/2024/02/01/1226006760/another-side-effect-from-war-in-gaza-animals-starving-in-its-besieged-zoos

Lions are being fed plain bread soaked in water just to keep them alive, owner says.


Gaza zoo overwhelmed as Palestinians seek shelter and animals starve

Also read: aljazeera.com/gallery/2024/1/4/photos-hunger-hits-displaced-palestinians-and-animals-in-gaza-zoo

NB, Wildlife-film.com does not support the existence of this zoo. We are merely reporting on the even sadder state of the animals kept there following Israel's retaliatory bombardment of the Gaza strip, illustrating that people and animals are suffereing alike. None of it is defensible, nor is it self-defence.

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BBC Earth and Minecraft Education return with Planet Earth III World

Inspired by BBC Studios Natural History Unit’s landmark series, Planet Earth III Minecraft World launches 16th January.

"We are delighted to partner with Minecraft Education and that children globally will have the opportunity to interact with stories inspired by the Planet Earth III series.” — Matt Brandon, Planet Earth III series producer, BBC Studios Natural History Unit

Following the record-breaking success of the Frozen Planet II Minecraft Worlds, which achieved the most downloads in a single day for an educational game in Minecraft history, with millions of players across 116 countries, BBC Earth and Minecraft Education are teaming up once again. This collaboration is set to engage fans globally with the launch of the Planet Earth III Minecraft World.

The Planet Earth III Minecraft World features immersive landscapes, animals and game-based learning resources, inspired by stories in the latest landmark series from BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit, and will be available from 16th January.

Minecraft is the best-selling game of all time and is especially popular with younger players. Minecraft Education provides educational content for schools globally where students can learn about a wide variety of subjects via creative gameplay. The team at Mojang Studios believes it has a responsibility to use Minecraft to build a better world and inspire generations of game changers, especially around themes of global citizenship and sustainability.

Players can step into extraordinary realms of the natural world to experience the struggles and triumphs of survival while playing as a series of incredible creatures, including the great white shark, the Arctic wolf, a leopardess, and more. Exploring the way these animals’ lives are intertwined by playing as both predator and prey, parent and offspring, friend and ally, they will discover the precarious balance of survival.

The adventure begins at the BBC Planet Earth III Field Station. Here, players select their desired biome, study its wildlife, and embark on tailored activities. By assuming the roles of different animals, students learn about various survival strategies. Each challenge unlocks rewards, deepening the educational experience. By alternating perspectives between various animals, students cultivate empathy and gain a deeper understanding of the ecosystem's balance.

The Planet Earth III Minecraft World is available in 29 languages for both Minecraft Education and Bedrock in the Minecraft Marketplace – a unique opportunity to watch, play, and learn together, taking biology and our understanding of biodiversity far beyond the classroom or living room.

Matt Brandon, Planet Earth III series producer from BBC Studios Natural History Unit says: “We are delighted to partner with Minecraft Education and that children globally will have the opportunity to interact with stories inspired by the Planet Earth III series through immersive gameplay while learning more about our fragile natural world and the creatures we share this planet with.”

Justin Edwards, Minecraft Education's Director of Learning Experiences says: "Minecraft Education is delighted to extend our partnership with BBC Earth, building on our work in Frozen Planet II. The new experience of the natural world in Planet Earth III brings us closer to the animals and their surrounding environment. In this world, you will learn about animals from different continents, across sea, sky, and land, and how they survive and thrive."

Planet Earth III Minecraft World will be available on 16th January globally.


Minecraft – Planet Earth III – Official Minecraft Trailer – Nintendo Switch

Planet Earth III is available to watch now on UK BBC iPlayer. In the United States, the series will re-air on BBC AMERICA starting February 17.

From: bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/bbcstudios/2024/bbc-earth-and-minecraft-education-return-with-planet-earth-three-world

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The animal sounds in most nature documentaries are made by humans – here’s how they do it and why it matters

Wildlife documentaries like the BBC’s recent series, Planet Earth III, are renowned for offering breathtaking images of animals in their natural habitats. You’d be forgiven for thinking these shows offer an unmediated portrayal of these animals – an objective window into their lives as they hunt, rest and rear their young. But this isn’t quite the case.

While the images we see are filmed on location, many of the sounds are recorded and added to the programmes later. The sounds of animals walking, chewing food and panting, for example, are almost always recorded by human “Foley artists” in a sound studio far away from the filming location, often weeks or months later. Foley artists are specialists who produce bespoke sounds for film and television soundtracks.


How Animal Sounds Are Made For Movies And TV | Movies Insider

This curious fact is an inevitable consequence of modern wildlife filmmaking. A lot of wildlife documentary footage is shot using telephoto lenses that can zoom in on their subjects from a great distance. But sound recordists typically can’t get close enough to capture clear sound without disturbing the animals.

Wildlife documentaries also tend to require large crews. If sound were recorded on location, it would be muddied by background noises such as crew chatter or car engines. In other cases, the animals make sounds of a frequency or volume that most microphones simply can’t capture clearly.

In my research, I’ve talked to Foley artists who specialise in animal sound and observed them at work in their studios.

How Foley artists work

This Foley process generally involves deciding which of the animal’s actions or movements need sounds to be created for them, and then deciding on the specific qualities those sounds should have.

These decisions often involve the broader sound production team and sometimes the show’s director. The Foley artist then uses their creativity and resourcefulness to create the sounds.

So, what sorts of techniques do they use? It might seem cliched, but the professionals I’ve spoken to really do sometimes knock coconut shells against stone slabs to make the sound of horse footsteps. For an elephant, they might use rocks against a straw-covered tub of compacted earth.


How Sounds Are Faked For Nature Documentaries | Movies Insider

Read more: theconversation.com/the-animal-sounds-in-most-nature-documentaries-are-made-by-humans-heres-how-they-do-it-and-why-it-matters-220713

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Latest Wildlife Winners and Losers film from Richard Brock, "Chuffed to be Back"!
By Jason Peters
14th January 2024

Richard Brock has been making a film about choughs over the past year, following the publishing of his "Planet Crunch" book and films, and the release of his POODUNNIT? film. He's a busy man! If you're lucky enough to be on his Christmas card list, you will have recieved a card featuring the film.

Cornwall was the last place choughs bred in England, in 1947, before becoming extinct in the country.

Now, in an exciting new success story, they’ve been brought back with a lot of help from their friends.

Captive-bred birds from Cornwall are now flying free in Kent, and Jersey in the Channel Isles.

And the aim is to expand the populations further afield over time.

We follow progress of nesting pairs in Cornwall and see how they get on in this wonderful rescue project in beautiful places.

Watch the Promo:


Chuffed To Be Back Promo?

The film marks “The Return” of ”Wildlife Winners and Losers – How to turn losers into winners” ... A revised, updated, increasingly relevant “archive” from Richard Brock of the Brock Initiative and Living Planet Productions, and author of the book “Planet Crunch” with 3,000 copies donated free worldwide.

Richard, who was previously a producer with David Attenborough on the BBC’s “Life on Earth” and an executive producer on the BBC’s “The Living Planet” from the BBC’s Natural History Unit says “Now there is a greater urgency and need, and action, than ever.  So I’ve decided to re-launch and refresh the earlier release of the “Wildlife and Winners” series – how to turn losers into winners”. It so happens that much of that previous message is valid today, and into the future. And it’s that which concerns many, especially young people who are frustrated by the lack of political will and decisive action. So the so-called “Brock Archive” of some eighty (80) titles of various lengths (with many short promos); looking back, now, and forward could have a wide appeal with everyone, everywhere. So, please, consider the best use of this free offer and share it too, so we can, perhaps, make a difference. Just maybe?." 

So, start by watching (and sharing please!) the full "Chuffed to be Back" film here:


Chuffed To Be Back?

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There are plenty more stories to be discovered:

Did you miss BBC’s Autumnwatch, not shown in 2023? Now is your chance to catch up with rescue, rewilding and recovery instead. You can help! Please do. View and share a great choice of movies from then, now and next… - with lots of versions from all over the world especially about our Great British Wild Isles, and what is happening to our “State of Nature”, as in the government’s latest 2023 report, which could affect us all and the wildlife that depends on us.

Watch POODUNNIT? – A Wildlife Detective Story, Best Beaches for British Nature and many more films here.

Nature needs you and the Wildlife Winners and Losers film series can be used a a tool to help make change happen. Richard says “Some years ago when I was in the renowned BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol I was getting more and more angry that some programmes were basically “lying”. I even said that to David Attenborough, perhaps not a great career move. But there was a definite reluctance to show much at all about what was really happening to the planet. In fact, any “gloom and doom” was rejected by the commissioners – in their apparent wisdom. Indeed, the series Blue Planet (One) was shown in full on BBC1 but the truth, in the last episode, was hidden away on BBC2. In the USA, where that last episode “Deep Trouble” was not shown at all, a potential donor to charity said he’d seen the series, as shown, with no problems visible in the oceans. Now, years later, David tells it as it really is – plastics and all. What a difference the truth makes.

He explains, “My series “Wildlife Winners and Losers” looks carefully with well-documented evidence at these changes – past, present and particularly the future.“My series “Wildlife Winners and Losers” looks carefully with well-documented evidence at these changes – past, present and particularly the future.

Using previously unseen footage from the recent past we bring the story right up to date and try to look forward as to the winners and the losers we might expect – and why. As far as I know, no one has done this so deliberately around the world with so many species and places. And you can help too…

With films across over eighty subjects, we find many examples of winners, or, at least those trying not to be losers!”

My Wildlife Winners and Losers series shows that films can be made – with basic footage filmed on any device – to help get the word out about conservation. “There is still time to save the planet. My Wildlife Winners and Losers series is my contribution."

Now it’s your turn. Watch these free films. Choose from these 80+ films of different lengths to inspire you to take action.

They’re free to watch and share with as many people as possible. Use the Series to give you ammunition to help save the planet.”

Watch these here on our website or visit our YouTube channel: youtube.com/brockinitiative

All this is free for use anywhere around the world in my attempt to help the planet and its wildlife.

The main idea is that social media will enable people to spread the word using these Wildlife Winners and Losers films as “ammunition” at a time when I believe they are particularly needed.

With so many, and such a variety, it is easy to put together a mix-and-match permutation, under various headings and many aspects of conservation e.g marine, plastics, Africa, tourism, wetlands, rainforests, big corporations, human conflict, etc. – how to turn losers into winners.


Wildlife Winners & Losers - How to turn Losers into Winners!

Visit: brockinitiative.org/about/about-wildlife-winners-and-losers

Like/Follow: facebook.com/BrockInitiative, twitter.com/BrockInitiative & instagram.com/brock_initiative

See the Full Feature here ...

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Get Earthling Ed's latest book How to Argue With a Meat Eater (And Win Every Time)

“An empowering and deeply informative book" – Moby

Challenge their beliefs; change the world

If you are a vegan, you’ll know all too well how provocative it can be – you never know when you’ll be challenged or how. But being able to face down and rebut arguments against veganism is hugely important. Not just because many of the arguments lack substance, but because every interaction provides a pivotal moment to create change.

How to Argue With a Meat Eater will teach you to not only become a skilled debater, sharing the secrets of renowned vegan educator Ed Winters, but it will arm you with powerful facts and insights that will give pause to even the most devout meat eater.

Providing you with the knowledge to become a better conversationalist and critical thinker, and the motivation to create a more ethical, kind and sustainable world, let this book be your guide and inspiration to know that, no matter what the argument, you can win every time.

"An absolute must-read – it shows how we can communicate incredibly emotive topics with confidence and compassion, and provides the reader with indispensable tools to express themselves clearly and persuasively." — Rich Roll

“Ed Winters builds on his groundbreaking debut book with a follow up that couldn’t be more timely or important. How to Argue With a Meat Eater is an empowering and deeply informative book that will leave readers more enriched and knowledgeable about veganism and how to argue effectively about it. Everyone would benefit from reading this book." — Moby

Available from: Amazon.co.uk

A follow-up to Ed Winters first book, the the best-selling This Is Vegan Propaganda: (And Other Lies the Meat Industry Tells You)

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BBC Studios Natural History Unit and global charitable foundation Wellcome, announce #OurPlanetEarth

New digital impact campaign inspired by, Planet Earth III, and focusing on health impacts of the climate crisis, will be hosted by BBC Earth.

"The NHU plays a vital role in telling impactful stories from the natural world." — Jonny Keeling, Head of BBC Studios Natural History Unit

BBC Studios Natural History Unit and global charitable foundation, Wellcome, today announce #OurPlanetEarth – a new digital impact campaign inspired by the globally-renowned Natural History Unit’s latest landmark series, Planet Earth III and expected to reach millions of people globally.

The world's climate is changing, and this is having a direct impact on humans as well as animals. Climate change is affecting the environments in which we live and work, the health of many populations, and the wellbeing of our societies. #OurPlanetEarth, produced by the award-winning digital team from BBC Studios Natural History Unit, hosted by BBC Earth, will bring to life the links between human and planetary health, with a focus on those most affected on the climate frontline.

The accelerating changes across our planet’s ecosystems highlighted in Planet Earth III, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, has drawn global awareness to the beauty and fragility of these regions and the critical juncture we now find ourselves at as well as bringing to the forefront the resulting consequences on human health. From communities in the Amazon Rainforest to those on the savannahs of East Africa; from coastlines and oceans to the heart of our cities, #OurPlanetEarth brings together extraordinary voices from across the planet who are dedicating their lives to making a positive difference for both planetary and human health.

Alan Dangour, Director of Climate and Health at Wellcome said: “Climate change is a threat to humanity just as it is a threat to every living thing on the planet. We’re very pleased to be working with BBC Studios Natural History Unit and harnessing their expertise and powerful artistry to tell the stories of how human health is being affected on the frontlines of the climate crisis. Through this partnership we hope to bring this urgent issue to the attention of audiences world-wide and build momentum for climate action to protect all our lives.”

Jonny Keeling, Head of BBC Studios Natural History Unit, added: “The NHU plays a vital role in telling impactful stories from the natural world. And we know that the health of our planet is closely linked to human health so we’re proud to partner with Wellcome on the #OurPlanetEarth campaign and, together, reach a global audience. At this critical moment for Planet Earth, we are looking to inspire people with stories of hope that will ultimately promote a healthy planet and healthy people.”

This campaign follows #OurGreenPlanet and #OurFrozenPlanet, two Natural History Unit Impact initiatives launched in association with the Moondance Foundation. These initatives inspired and ignited a deeper understanding of the unique role of green habitats and our planets fragile polar regions, respectively. With unique stories published across multiple BBC Earth and partner channels, the campaigns have generated over one billion global impressions.

The #OurPlanetEarth impact campaign can be followed via BBC Earth’s Website, Facebook, Instagram, & TikTok with new and exclusive content launching every week.


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