Join Griff Rhys Jones as we journey along the Hogsmill River in South West London, a globally rare chalk stream discovering some of the incredible species which call it home. We meet local conservationists and volunteers who work tirelessly to save and enhance our wealth of biodiversity. Film director, Tom Hooker captured beautiful shots of an array of charismatic species including the enigmatic kingfisher to the bats which patrol our moonlit skies. This film was entirely shot on the river and opens people’s eyes to the natural world that surrounds us in the heart of suburbia that is rarely noticed, showcasing how community led conservation can enhance our environment.
The film was commissioned by Citizen Zoo, a conservation organization which works to pioneer community led conservation projects, inspiring and mobilizing local people to engage with proactive grassroots conservation projects. The film first premiered to 800 local people in June 2019 at ‘WILD Kingston’, at Kingston’s Rose Theatre. Shortly afterwards it was promoted via social media channels and is now available on You Tube. We hope the film will spread far and wide and inspire and engage even more people with the wildlife that thrives on our doorstep.
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