Winterwatch is on BBC2 this week (Jan 29th to 1st Feb 2018) and I could not be more delighted to be a part of this fantastic long running show. This time I was fortunate enough to be joined on location in West Sedgemoor by old pals Ali Friend – a superb musician and writer Ben Webb – one of the most quietly knowledgeable birders I know (he should have gone into Nat History really!)
We’ve been talking for the past five years about heading into nature and experiencing it as a crew, as Londoners & as friends but it turns out that life gets in the way and it takes time to make time for nature. Also for obvious reasons you don’t normally take a double bass with you into the field…as we found out (rain and wooden instruments not a good mix…) I also discovered quite how ‘right’ hearing it’s subtle tones in the wild were and how it affected my filming as did listening to Ben and Ali’s take on nature, enlightening and the result is a gentle film with hopefully the feel we got from being on the levels. We could not have done it without the help of ARRI intern Kate Priestman, ARRI themselves for their glorious Amira, RSPB West Sedgemoor and all the other folk in Somerset who helped, many thanks to them all.