Film

I have been starting to create my own wildlife and nature films. I hope that by showing others the beauty of British wildlife, more people will realise the importance of protecting nature. All my films are available to watch on my YouTube channel.

 

The tale of the six-spot burnet moth - a short film

Six-spot burnet moths are normally found in meadows, grassland, and along the coast - but this population has taken up residence in the meadows next to a motorway. This short film looks at the six-spot burnet's brief adult lifecycle, with tales about toxic gifts during sex, and ghostly skins left behind when they reach adulthood.

Produced, Directed, Filmed, and Edited by Alicia Hayden; Animated by Alicia Hayden; Narrated by Will Pearce

Information sourced from the Butterfly Conservation, London Natural History Museum, the Wildlife Trusts, A Bug Blog, and the Islay Blog

The script is available in my blog.

Looking for Lapwings

William Pearce, a student from Exeter, visits Yorkshire, determined to see a Lapwing chick for the first time. Over three days, we follow him on visits to the wild Yorkshire moors in search of these bundles of fluff, and watch as he encounters many more new wild animals, including Black Grouse, Oystercatchers, and Brown Hares.

"Second place" in Hen Harrier Day 2021's Young Filmmaker Challenge.

"Honourable Mention" in Adventure Uncovered's Film Festival 2021, super short category.

Produced, Directed, Filmed, and Edited by Alicia Hayden; Presented by Will Pearce; Music composed and performed by Will Pearce

Snake's-head fritillaries - a nature mindfulness film

In a quiet patch beside the river Cherwell, lies a small glade of very special flowers: the snake's-head fritillary.
This short mindfulness film hopes to highlight the quiet beauty of their nodding chequered heads.

Filmed and edited by Alicia Hayden
Sound by Alicia Hayden

In Plain Sight - A Short Film

There is a surprising diversity of wildlife even in our urban spaces. Just a quarter of a mile from the centre of Exeter, on the Flood Relief Scheme, you can find Kingfishers, Little Egrets, Teal, and Grey Heron, hidden in plain sight. This is a short film exploring some urban waterfowl and their behaviour.

Filmed and edited by Alicia Hayden; Script written by Alicia Hayden; Narration by Will Pearce; Nature audio recorded by Alicia Hayden
Information sourced from the RSPB, the Wildlife Trusts, BBC Earth, Nick Upton, and the Birds Outside my window blog.

The script is available on my blog.

Waterfowl (Nature's Orchestra)

Waterfowl use Port Meadow as a roosting place overnight. This short film looks at the waterfowl coming in during the evening, and how you can find peace in nature despite the hustle and bustle of the city.

Narrated by Will Pearce; Filmed, Edited, and Produced by Alicia Hayden; Words by Alicia Hayden; Nature audio recorded by Alicia Hayden

The words are available on my blog.

Spiders - A Short Film

A short nature documentary on Nursery Web Spiders, which emerged en-masse in Port Meadow, covering around half-a-mile with their sheet webs.

Narrated by Will Pearce; Filmed, Edited, and Produced by Alicia Hayden; Script written by Alicia Hayden; Nature audio recorded by Alicia Hayden
With thanks to Ivo Andrews for information about spiders, and helping with the script
Information also sourced from the British Arachnological Society, and the Natural History Museum

The script is available on my blog.

Wood Mouse - A Short Film

A short nature documentary on wood mice, starring a sweet juvenile wood mouse.

As seen in Episode 73 of Chris Packham and Megan McCubbin's Self Isolating Bird Club (SIBC).

"Shortlisted" in Bristol Science Film Festival's "Science Face Amateur" category 2021.

Narrated by Will Pearce; Filmed, Edited, and Produced by Alicia Hayden; Script written by Alicia Hayden; Nature audio recorded by Alicia Hayden
Information sourced from the Mammal Society and the Wildlife Trust, as well as research by Leoni, Canova & Saino (2005), and Sunyer, Munoz, Bonal & Espelta (2013)

The script is available on my blog.

Wasps - A Short Film

A short nature documentary on wasps, and why these misunderstood insects play such a valuable role in our ecosystems.

Narrated by Will Pearce; Filmed, Edited, and Produced by Alicia Hayden; Script written by Alicia Hayden; Wasp Audio from Orange Free Sounds; Song Thrush and nature audio recorded by Alicia Hayden

Information sourced from the National Geographic and the London Natural History Museum

The script is available on my blog.

Nature Adventures with Will ~ River Dipping

The second in the Nature Adventures with Will series, where Will and I explore how you can find a surprising diversity of river-life in an urban area, using just a beach net and bucket.

Presented by Will Pearce; Filmed and Edited by Alicia Hayden; Music composed and performed by Will Pearce

Nature Adventures with Will ~ Pootering

This short film was produced as part of the British Ecological Society undergraduate summer school 2020. Will and I explore a couple of the invertebrates in the garden with a pooter and a hand-lens.

Presented by Will Pearce; Filmed and Edited by Alicia Hayden; Equipment provided by the BES Undergraduate Summer School 2020

The Tawny Owl Family - A Short Nature Film

I'd been following several families of Tawny Owls in my village this year, and I produced this short film about one of the families whose chicks were branching.

Filmed and edited by Alicia Hayden; Natural audio recorded by Alicia Hayden; Music composed and performed by Will Pearce

Arable Fields - A Short Nature Film

A short film about some small arable fields in Yorkshire, demonstrating the diversity of life they are home to.

Filmed and edited by Alicia Hayden; Natural audio recorded by Alicia Hayden; Music performed and composed by Will Pearce


June - A Short Nature Film

My first short nature film, filmed around my local patch during lockdown in June.

Filmed and edited by Alicia Hayden; Nature audio recorded by Alicia Hayden