The young people from Blakenall and Goscote in Walsall have worked with Julia Morris from The Wildlife Trust and myself over the course of 2009, to devise the project, produce a workplan, submit a funding bid and then research, plan and film their own short documentary! The result is a really lovely film which illustrates just how passionate and knowledgeable the group are about the wildlife on their doorstep.
But this film is more than just a record of urban wildlife. The group from Green Rivers Community Association used the BBC’s ‘Springwatch’ as their starting point. Through the film they hope to show local residents the wealth of wildlife in Walsall, and to educate them about how to look after these animals and create habitats for them to thrive. It contains practical advice on everything from creating a bee and butterfly friendly garden, to how to build an insect home, how to spot a water vole and how to tell the difference between a frog and a toad!
Th film was premiered at Green Rock School in December 2009 and has been shared with the local Youth Service and Councillors.