Stockland film premiere

PUBLISHED: 16:14 18 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:37 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 being shown for the first time on a large screen at Stockland Victory Hall, for free 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. 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.


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