Short Nature Films

 

I have been creating short wildlife and nature films since 2020, and I am now studying a Masters for Wildlife Filmmaking at UWE, in partnership with the BBC to develop these skills further. 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.


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.


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.