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Nature takes centre stage
Filmed in North Devon, and following the course of the county’s waterways, this collection of short films is a celebration of Devon’s stunning, diverse habitats - from the wild moors of Dartmoor, to the crashing surf of the coastline and out to the open water around Lundy’s shores. Come with us on a Journey to the Sea and be inspired to take action to protect the natural world wherever you live.
Episode 6: Lundy island with Dean
Episode 1: Wild camping with Trev
Trev Lewis begins our journey to the sea in the heart of the moors. The rich, living landscape of the moors are vital in the fight against climate change and many rivers rise here on their way through our landscape to the estuary and the open ocean beyond. The health of our oceans begins here…
Trev Lewis has lived in Devon his whole life but, until recently, had never set foot on the moors. He now spends each weekend exploring Dartmoor, camping under the stars and experiencing the peace and wilderness the moors can offer.
Episode 2: Farming for the future with Simon
Bridgetown Farm has partnered with Farms for City Children for more than 20 years, offering children from urban areas the opportunity to explore wild open spaces and learn about life on a working farm. Here they learn that good land management can improve water quality for wildlife in our rivers and streams, as well as enriching the land itself. Look after the land to enhance our rivers...
Simon Ward is a farmer and wildlife photographer who works with his father at Bridgetown farm nestled on the banks of the river Torridge. Managing the land and patiently waiting for a glimpse of elusive animals like kingfishers and otters in his spare time, Simon is working to ensure that the farm and nature can work together side by side.
Episode 3: Exploring the estuary with Sophie
As the rivers Taw and Torridge spill out in the estuary we join Sophie Pavelle as she discovers new and surprising places to explore right here on her doorstep. Did you know that saltmarshes provide benefits to our wildlife and our economy? They act as a buffer against floods, protect our coast, and provide habitats for animals on land and water. Protect saltmarshes so they can protect us...
Sophie Pavelle is a wildlife enthusiast, zoologist and science communicator who has grown up in North Devon. She loves getting outdoors and sharing her love for nature, showing us how we can discover new and surprising places to explore right on our doorstep.
Episode 4: Surfing with Jasmine
Journeying beyond the shifting dunes of the Taw- Torridge estuary we join young surfer Jasmine Bennett on the stunning coastline of northern Devon. She shows us that the clean oceans and healthy marine habitats are vital not only for divers, anglers and visitors to enjoy; but are also important for our own wellbeing. Healthy seas mean healthy people...
As a volunteer coach for The Wave Project - a surf therapy programme helping young people facing difficulties in life, Jasmine Bennett sees first hand the healing effects of the sea and the importance of protecting our oceans for both people and wildlife.
Episode 5: The harbour with George
Continuing our journey around the coast we head into the centuries old harbour of Ilfracombe. George the harbour master introduces us to life in a coastal town, and demonstrates how vital a clean and wildlife-rich sea is for people’s livelihoods and the places they live, to thrive. Clean oceans are good for business...
Ilfracombe harbour master George Carlo-Paat spends her time looking after the boats, the place and the people of the centuries old harbour. After spending 20 years as a captain in the Merchant Navy, George is dedicated to protecting the marine environment and encouraging ocean stewardship for everyone whose livelihoods rely on the sea.
Episode 6: Lundy island with Dean
In the final episode of “Journey to the Sea” we explore the wonders of Lundy Island with warden Dean Jones. Colonies of birds surround the island and if you dive beneath the surface, grey seals, dolphins, rare corals and even passing basking sharks frequent these rich waters. Wildlife on land can be a great indicator of the health of plants and animals living beneath the waves, as all are connected and rely on each other to survive and thrive. From source to sea: it’s all connected!
Dean Jones has been a Warden on the Lundy for over two and a half years. Part of his job is to monitor the wildlife populations who make their home on the island and he has seen first hand the positive impact effective conservation measures can have as marine and terrestrial species show signs of recovery.