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Changing seasons at Glastonbury Abbey captured on film

Changing seasons at Glastonbury Abbey captured on film

Wildlife volunteer Peter Bluck has captured a year in the life of Glastonbury Abbey focussing on the creatures living on the 36 acre site.

The abbey grounds has a dedicated wildlife area and a team of volunteers who are committed to promoting the different types of animal and bird which use the grounds; monthly wildlife tours are available which are included in the normal admission price.

Peter, who runs video company Play It Forward Media, said: “It started when I first moved to the town and was looking for a local project to film. Jilly, my wife, who is also a Wildlife Volunteer, suggested a video archive of the abbey as it goes through the seasons and so I began filming in 2017. We were lucky to have the snow early in 2018 as I'd been told there hadn't been a lot of snowfall within the last ten years. I completed the filming last summer and as I had collected such amazing and beautiful footage during that last year we decided to produce a short video.

“I think filming the Badgers was, for me, one of the highlights. I joined some of the Badger walks which are held each summer, and for anyone who's hasn't been on them I really recommend them. The staff are so knowledgeable and to film Badgers, sometimes as many as eight or nine, in such an enclosed area was incredible

“I did use some footage shot by two other Wildlife Volunteers (Mark Huntington and Gareth Peter Mercer). They both filmed some great Badger and baby Moorhen footage.

“The filming was carried out using the Canon 5D Mark III which is such a good camera for low light situations. The footage was then edited on Macs using Final Cut Pro X.”

Janet Bell, abbey director, said: “The film is an amazing showcase for the abbey and the wildlife which inhabit the grounds; we are really grateful to Peter for creating this fantastic film and to Mark and Gareth for their contributions. We know people visit the abbey for many reasons and seeing the wildlife in this unique natural habitat is one of them. The monthly wildlife tours are very popular and our summer Badger Walks sell out quickly. Mark King, our head of grounds, created a bug hotel in the wildlife area some years ago and that is populated by an assortment of bugs and small animals; it is fascinating to watch for adults and children alike.”

On Saturday the abbey is taking part in the Big Birdwatch – normal admission applies with full details here
To view Peter’s film please click here.

 

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Added: 22nd January 2019

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