Film Nature aims to take a positive approach to the environment and the impact of it's activities on the natural world. It's difficult to be perfect, but I'm going to try to minimize negative effects and make a decent contribution to supporting the wildlife that I love. I'm also going to try to be as open and direct as I can be about these issues. If you've got any queries or suggestions, I'd love to hear from you - please drop me a line via the contact details here.
There are four key elements to the Film Nature sustainability strategy:
contribute to conservation efforts
promote awareness and understanding of nature and sustainability
focus primarily on local experiences
the wildlife comes first
Contribute to conservation efforts
I'm donating £30 from every "Fantastic Flycatchers and "Going Cuckoo" experience towards active conservation work in the Washburn Valley and I'm also putting in lots of my time and effort to make a difference. I'm keen to act locally at some of the locations I know, love, and visit on Film Nature experiences. I'm particularly interested in doing what I can to support declining species such as the red listed Spotted Flycatcher and the Common Redstart.
Promote awareness and understanding of nature and sustainability
Film Nature experiences focus very much on seeing and filming wildlife, but I'm passionate about that wildlife and will (continue to) use the channels I have available to me (particularly social media) to have a positive impact on the natural world. We need to get more people excited about nature and enthused about doing something to support it. This will be a core part of all Film Nature experiences.
Focus primarily on local experiences
Almost any business will have negative environmental impacts. It's difficult to remove these completely, but I'm going to try to keep them to a minimum. Travel is likely to be the most significant of these. As such I'm aiming to focus Film Nature primarily on local wildlife experiences, and seek to minimise travel as much as is realistically possible. I'm based in Leeds and I'm keen to focus on urban wildlife, as well as the nature opportunities of the surrounding beautiful countryside.
The wildlife comes first
Film Nature takes fieldcraft and it's impact on nature very seriously. Wildlife photography seems to be developing an increasingly poor reputation for it's impact on said wildlife. Film Nature will play to the strengths of phonescoping (and new forms of photography such as remote filming) to ensure the nature we film will not be disturbed or impacted in a negative way. Film Nature will only make partnerships with other organizations or private land owners where it's standards of fieldcraft and impact on wildlife can be maintained.