Film fo­cuses on wild N-east to show every­one can help safe­guard our en­vi­ron­ment

Evening Express (City Final) - - News - By Emma Mor­rice

EN­VI­RON­MEN­TAL­ISTS are hop­ing peo­ple will go wild for a new video.

Pro­duced on be­half of the North East Scot­land Bio­di­ver­sity Part­ner­ship, the film – which fea­tures the work of ac­claimed wildlife pho­tog­ra­pher Pete Cairns – show­cases the beauty of the re­gion’s nat­u­ral sur­round­ings.

The part­ner­ship’s aim is to make peo­ple care about con­ser­va­tion and take ac­tion to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment.

The video, Wild North-east – Scot­land’s Nat­u­ral Gem, had its premiere at the James Hut­ton In­sti­tute in Aberdeen. It fea­tures scenery from across the re­gion, as well as an­i­mals from dol­phins and hump­back whales to ea­gles, ot­ters, moun­tain hares and ca­per­cail­lies.

The project had sup­port from Aberdeen City Coun­cil, Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil, Out­door Wood­land Learn­ing Scot­land, Forestry Com­mis­sion Scot­land, Scot­tish Nat­u­ral Her­itage and the James Hut­ton In­sti­tute.

Rose Toney, the part­ner­ship’s co-or­di­na­tor, said: “One of the great­est chal­lenges we face in con­ser­va­tion is the abil­ity to make peo­ple care ... care enough to bring about change, care enough to take ac­tion and care enough to pro­tect and en­hance what we have.

“The idea be­hind the video was to show what an in­cred­i­bly, beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment res­i­dents and vis­i­tors can en­joy in North-east Scot­land and that every­one can, and should, do some­thing to help safe­guard it for the fu­ture.

“Pete Cairns and his team, at Scot­land: The Big Pic­ture, have done an amaz­ing job high­light­ing the beauty of the North-east and I have to ad­mit, when I first saw the video, it took my breath away – we are so priv­i­leged to have such amaz­ing bio­di­ver­sity on our doorstep.” The idea for the video came from Dou­glas Goo­day, a ranger with Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil Ranger Ser­vice.

He said: “I’m very priv­i­leged to spend a lot of time in the many wild places we have in Aberdeen­shire, from the Cairn­gorms to the coast.

“I hope this short film in­spires oth­ers to en­joy these wild places as well, to un­der­stand about the ser­vices na­ture pro­vides and the im­por­tance of car­ing for the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment for the ben­e­fit of our­selves and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

The video can be viewed on­line at youtu.be/4owglb­d­mx3u

I hope this in­spires oth­ers to en­joy these places

PIC­TURE BY SCOT­LAND THE BIG PIC­TURE

an­i­mal: A pine martin is among some of the wildlife caught on cam­era.

peak of per­fec­tion: Ben­nachie is one of the North-east’s nat­u­ral beau­ties.

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