Wildlife media students in the frame for BBC Countryfile

Wildlife media students in the frame for BBC Countryfile

BBC Countryfile focussed on the activities of students from the University of Cumbria’s wildlife media course as part of a programme which marked the wildlife and countryside TV show’s 30th anniversary.

Presenter Ellie Harrison met students at the Cumbria Wildlife Trust reserve at Foulshaw Moss as they observed and recorded the activity of wildlife ranging from ospreys to dragonflies.

The next generation of film-makers were led by lecturer Cain Scrimgeour whose experience includes working on BBC Springwatch.

Viewers heard how the wildlife media course was unique and drew students from all ages and backgrounds, united in a passion for working in the natural world. As well as how to make the most of increasingly advanced kit students are taught story-telling skills and field craft.   

“Cameras in bird boxes and gardens have made wildlife much more accessible,” Cain said. “Some of our students come from city environments so when they come here their minds are blown.”

Student Union academic officer, Lequane Johnson and colleague Emily Lake were among those interviewed. Emily aims to go into conservation while Lequane’s ambition is to be in front of the camera as a presenter.

The programme can be seen here, approximately 22 mins in: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0bcr2g8/countryfile-30th-anniversary