For the first time, two films made in 1967 and 1972 have been brought together and are now available to buy on DVD from Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust visitor centres and shops.
Nature in Trust (1967) Man has been changing the countryside for thousands of years but in the 1960s it was changing as never before. This film looks at the work of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust in its early days.
An Eye for the Country (1972) The changing scene of the Lincolnshire countryside is seen through the eyes of Donna, a primary school girl, and Bob Stanton, an efficient farmer who establishes a nature conservation project on his farm.
Though filmed 43 years ago, many of the issues in “Nature in Trust” remain topical such as the spread of intensive agriculture and loss of grazing cattle from the coastal marshlands - an area which is now part of the Lincolnshire Coastal Grazing Marshes Project. There are issues that weren’t anticipated in 1967 such as climate change, wind farms and sea level rise: all of which we must respond to if we are to continue to protect Lincolnshire’s wildlife and wild places.
Sadly some of the species featured in the film are no longer found in the county: chequered skipper and chalkhill blue butterflies, and red squirrels present in the 1960s are now extinct in Lincolnshire.
Paul Learoyd, Chief Executive, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust said: "These films provide a fascinating insight into the pioneering work of the Wildlife Trust and provoke thought about the changes that will occur over the next 40 years and how we can manage the whole landscape as a living landscape with space for wildlife and people."
The DVD of “Nature in Trust” and “An Eye for the Country” can be purchased for £10 from: Gibraltar Point Visitor Centre near Skegness; Far Ings Visitor Centre near Barton; The Wildlife Gift Shop, Castle Square, Lincoln; and Banovallum House in Horncastle.
The nature writing anthology: “Nature Tales – Encounters with Britain’s Wildlife” is also available from these outlets: Buy both the book and DVD for the special price of £20.
An extract from Nature in Trust can be seen on YouTube.