Premiere for film about Stockland wildlife

PUBLISHED: 09:01 13 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:36 15 June 2010

A NEW film about the wildlife of Stockland is being premiered at a special showing in the village.

A NEW film about the wildlife of Stockland is being premiered at a special showing in the village.

The film has been made by renowned local naturalist David Allen and wildlife cameraman Geoff Pearce. It is be shown for the first time on a large screen at Stockland Victory Hall on Friday, November 28, at 8pm.

David and Geoff's film brings to life the fascinating natural world of Stockland Turbaries - a heathland area where people traditionally dug for peat. More than 75 per cent of the heathland in East Devon has been lost since World War Two, mainly as land has been converted to agriculture, but also because of neglect.

With help from volunteers, Stockland Parish Council and the Blackdown Hills AONB, David has worked tirelessly to restore the heath and attract back the rare plants, butterflies and insects which make their homes here.

The beautifully shot film, called 'The Management of Stockland Turbaries', shows what makes this place so special, and explains the conservation work which local people have seen taking place over the last decade.

David said: "We hope that this film will rekindle interest in this wonderful habitat and perhaps even stimulate other parish councils to start work on their turbaries".

The showing is free, and cheese and wine will be available.

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