My Wild Life is a collection of short films celebrating the deep-rooted connection between people and the natural environment. The series features the extraordinary conservationists, naturalists, artists and communicators taking inspiration from Cornwall’s diverse habitats, from the heathlands of West Cornwall, to the rockpools of Porthleven and the variety of wild places in-between. At a time where we are less able to freely experience Cornwall’s natural surroundings, experience a connection to our rich wildlife and landscapes through the enthusiasm of those featured and the footage of their favourite wild places.
Take a look at the trailer below:
A brand-new short film will be released every night for 5 nights, starting the week of the 15th February 2021. As the videos are premiered, they will become available to watch below. You can also bookmark the 'My Wild Life' playlist over on our YouTube channel to watch them all in one go (once the films are live). The series was filmed by EMMY and BAFTA award-winning cameraman Ian McCarthy and edited by award-winning, self-shooting producer and director Nina Constable.
Cheryl Marriott, conservationist
Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Head of Conservation , Cheryl Marriot, shares the story of how we started working with farmers to vaccinate badgers in mid-Cornwall. Showing how this is done and explaining the associated challenges, Cheryl makes the case for vaccination on a wider scale. Enjoy Cheryl’s ‘My Wild Life’ film, exploring how she works with people to protect wildlife on behalf of Cornwall Wildlife Trust.
Ian McCarthy, filmmaker
EMMY and BAFTA award winning wildlife filmmaker, Ian McCarthy, shares his love of the river Fowey and the wild inhabitants he films there. Filmed one morning after waking up early to check his trail cameras, Ian’s ‘My Wild Life’ film captures his passion for wildlife as a keen naturalist and filmmaker.
Kurt Jackson, contemporary artist
Contemporary artist Kurt Jackson takes us on a journey to Chun Downs, West Cornwall where he draws inspiration to create art. His appreciation for the sounds, sights and smells of the heathland shines through in this short ‘My Wild Life’ film, as he describes the nature reserve as an “extraordinary place to create work”.
Gillian Burke, wildlife presenter
BBC Springwatch presenter Gillian Burke takes us to an area of coastline she visits to pause and have space to enjoy the outdoors. Describing how Cornwall feels like home, in this short ‘My Wild Life’ film, Gillian reflects on how parts of its coastline transport her back to her childhood memories of her grandma's home in the Seychelles.
Chris Jones, farmer
Chris Jones is the owner of Woodland Valley Farm, partner of the Cornwall Beaver Project and founding director of the Beaver Trust. Chris’ interest in beavers dates back to the early 2000s when he learnt of their reintroduction in Scotland. Reflecting on how their dams can prevent flooding, Chris’ short ‘My Wild Life’ video shows the positive impact the beavers are having on biodiversity at Woodland Valley Farm.