The short film is being released by Devon Wildlife Trust as part of its campaigning efforts to highlight the fragile, threatened beauty of local watercourses and the nature that they support.
Devon Wildlife Trust’s Chief Executive Harry Barton said:
“Our rivers are a basic building block of life for countless species, from tiny mayflies to salmon, otters and kingfishers. They provide us with beauty, places for recreation and sources of water for drinking and for growing our food. Yet, many of our rivers are in poor shape. Today just 14% of the UK’s rivers and streams are judged to be of ‘good ecological status’.
Here in Devon our watercourses suffer from plastic pollution, pollution from our sewers and from our fields. This film will bring these issues to people’s attention and raise the profile of the work that we and others are doing to return rivers to a good state for people and wildlife.”
The film was made by leading international film-makers All Mighty Pictures. The production company focusses on creating and producing advertising content for environmental, wildlife and animal welfare organisations including WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature), World Animal Protection and the National Trust.
The new film was shot in Devon during 2020 on the rivers Dart and Otter and features species including beavers and common frogs, as well as breathtaking images of life and landscape along these iconic rivers.