Professional wildlife cameramen Stephen de Vere is known for his work on BBC nature documentaries ranging from Life in the Freezer and Life of Birds to Yellowstone, Frozen Planet, The Hunt and more.

What started out as a way to fill in time between filming assignments overseas has become a series of independent, hand-crafted documentaries focusing on British wildlife much nearer to home.

Barn owl hunting
Barn owl setting out to hunt over a meadow.

The first film Through the Garden Gate began as the result of a pair of wild barn owls moving into a neighbour’s attic to nest.

The second film Return to the River came about following a lucky tip-off of an otter sighting – a very difficult animal to see or film in rivers.

A third film Summer in the Meadow takes a closer look at some of the fields featured in the first film and was released on DVD in 2018.

No presenter, no music, no false drama. It’s the next best thing to being there.

The style of the films is unhurried, immersive, straightforward, honest, sometimes personal. The story is told by the cameraman and seen from his point of view.