Through the Garden Gate DVD

DVD raises more than £3,000 for British wildlife

Since it’s launch in 2010, 5% of all the proceeds of Through the Garden Gate [DVD] have gone directly to The Wildlife Trusts. The total donated is now more than £3,000, and still rising.

When enough is not enough

I’ve been lucky enough to work on BBC wildlife documentaries since 1992, the year I got my first ever assignment with the BBC: to overwinter in Antarctica and film the breeding cycle of emperor penguins for David Attenborough’s Life in the Freezer series. It’s been an amazing life. What more could a person want ?

Being the typical human/animal that I am, I of course wanted something else. Well, two something elses actually: I wanted to do far less travelling, spend a lot more time at home with my wife and two young children and I also wanted to connect with the natural world close to me and hopefully do something more directly towards it’s well-being. That’s how this film and the film Return to the River that followed came about.

A life changing discovery

Although the main idea behind the film was to show what wildlife can be found very close to where people live in the ‘ordinary’ countryside – woods, fields and hedgerows – many of the sequences were shot on nature reserves looked after by the Wildlife Trusts.

Until I decided to make the film, I barely even knew what wildlife reserves I had nearby. My favourite one now is a small reserve only two miles away and is where I filmed a pair of sparrowhawks that appear in the film (as well as the nest of a pair of green woodpeckers, although their sequence was not in the end included in the film).

Here is a short video I filmed about some of my nearby Wildlife Trust reserves, including footage that I did not include in the final version of Through the Garden Gate:

Stephen de Vere