Bafta winner films rare river life

Rare river wildlife including white-clawed crayfish and water voles have been caught on camera in Dorset by Bafta award-winning cinematographer Hugh Miles.

The Corfe Mullen-based nature enthusiast’s catalogue of film work includes Sir David Attenborough’s Life on Earth, Tiger and Puma: Lion of the Andes.

Inspired by J A Baker’s novel The Peregrine, his famed technique is to blend in with nature in order to get closer to the action.

Months spent knee-deep in the River Allen, in Wimborne, have now resulted in a short film about the Dorset Wildlife Trust’s restoration work along its banks and bed.

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Photographs courtesy of Hugh Miles (River Allen fish and filming, ospreys, kingfisher, polar bear and fox), Dorset Wildlife Trust (crayfish and water crowfoot), Laurie Campbell (Andes mountains filming and camping, and “Penny” the puma), Stewart Canham (otters and water vole), Thomas D Mangelson (tiger), Doug Lee (Voe, Shetland), Jerry Sharp (Loch Garten, Abernethy) and D J MacPherson (Loch Garten, Abernethy).

Music by Richard A Harvey, Daniel Diaz, Chris Gibbons and Annette Lum. Slideshow production and audio by Sue Paz. Publication date 27 November 2013.


Hugh Miles

Dorset Wildlife Trust

River Allen Project

RSPB Loch Garten

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