Wildlife Work

Within this section, you can find all the work I have been involved with up to now regarding wildlife and animal life from dogs to dolphins and lions and lemurs.

Please feel free to leave me feedback and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

DOCUMENTARY- ‘THE PRICE OF LIFE’

In 2009, Britain was struck by a recession causing a surge in the number of people finding themselves unemployed and struggling with the costs of living. From food to fuel, the increasing expenses had a powerful impact on the nation causing

6 month old Wellie was abandoned in Bridgend, South Glamorgan

many of us to sacrifice things in order to cope. However, the UKs pets also felt the bite as figures have shown a dramatic rise in the numbers of animals being abandoned on our streets.

This is Wellie, a young colt who was found abandoned in Bridgend, South Wales along with a group of other horses. Fightingfor food he often found himself left out and alone, which meant that when he was rescued he was thin, weak and fighting for life. Now little Wellie is being cared for at the Society for the Welfare of Horses and Ponies in Monmouthshire and is well on the road to recovery but this crisis of abandoned horses is nothing new.

According to the RSPCA there has been a dramatic rise in the number of horses being abandoned and although this is a national crisis, Bridgend has been hit hard by this. For years now they have been plagued by stray horses who have been left in fields to graze on private land known as ‘fly grazing’ by their unscrupulous owners who cannot afford the constantly rising costs of their care. These horses escape from the fields and find themselves on the roads and in gardens putting themselves and the public at risk as well as causing thousands of pounds worth of damage to property.

In the North West of England in Manchester, people are also feeling the pinch of the recession as well and know that it isn’t just horses who are halting their finances. Lisa Morris came to the Society for Abandoned Animals to put one of her cats on the waiting list as she was no longer able to afford to keep him anymore. However, as a former volunteer at the centre herself she

Lisa Morris is having to let go of one of her cats due to the financial climate

has noticed the increase in people doing the list and has watched the list getting longer and longer. The question is how have the animal charities been coping with this?

Volunteer Aimee Ennis who works at the Society for Abandoned Animals is just one of the many people working hard to help with the issue and has seen the effects of it for herself including animals being thrown over the fence showing that clearly something needs to be done to help.

However, hope is on the horizon as the city of Preston, Lancashire has recorded a drop in the number of stray dogs collected off the streets signifying the possibility of a national decline of abandoned dogs. Andy Howard, from the Environmental Health Department of Preston City Council claims that the many microchipping events they are holding could be a contributor to this.

One dog who has experienced abandonment for himself  is Bruce who was found wandering the streets of Ireland a few years ago. After being at the centre for three years now, he is ready for a loving new home but will the public be able to afford to adopt another pet or is this little dog destined for a life behind bars?

With Britain in a deep double-dip recession, the animals of the UK are crying out for help.

Bruce was abandoned 3 years ago

Would you pay the price of life?

This is the 15 minute documentary ‘The Price of Life’. 

 

WHALEFEST 2011 PROMOTIONAL FILMING

“Arianne and her team were such a wonderful asset to WhaleFest 2011. They were professional at all times, but also charming and friendly to both staff and the public. They understood when and where they could film at such a large event, and with very little direction from us managers they managed to obtain some outstanding footage and interviews with key personnel. Thanks to all the crew for your invaluable contribution!”

Dylan Walker, Co-Founder Planet Whale & WhaleFest

On November the 5th and 6th, Planet Whale held ‘WhaleFest 2011’, Europe’s first and largest whale and dolphin conservation event. Over 2,500 people attended from across the world from Australia and Madagascar to Scotland and Iceland with over 60 exhibitors including conservationists and retailers. Other notable visitors included BBC Producer Mark Brownlow of Ocean Giants and Planet Earth who held a talk about his work with marine mammals.

The purpose of this project was to create a series of films promoting ‘WhaleFest 2011’ and encouraging people to visit ‘WhaleFest 2012’. I was the producer and filmed the event along with Rachel Davies, Codie Stephens, Holly Stott-Penna and Sam Williams.

This is the final promotional video I made giving a general overview of the event which will be sent to various organisations and shown at promotional events.

Sam Williams.

This is the final promotional video I made giving a general overview of the event which will be sent to various organisations and shown at promotional events.

The other videos are available to see here.

LUNDY ISLAND

In May 2012, I took part in the filming of a series of short films for The Landmark Trust about Lundy Island, a small 3 mile long island found where the Bristol Channel and the Atlantic Ocean meet.

I was the producer, camera operator, writer and editor of a film called ‘Lundy Island Marine Conservation’ which is about how Lundy was designated the UK’s first Marine Conservation Zone due to it’s wide variety of wildlife and the methods which have been put in place to help conserve it.

I was also the producer, camera operator, writer and editor of another short film about the common dolphins around Lundy which you can often see on the boat journey across to the island on board the ferry MS Oldenburg,

To read about the 3 day trip to Lundy please read my blogs and feel free to ask any questions about it.

Here are the final videos.

Lundy Island Marine Conservation 

Lundy Island Dolphins

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