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  • Ytene England's Ancient Forest (1995)

    🎬 Ytene England's Ancient Forest. An NHU Production for BBC2. Filmed over two years by Manuel Hinge and narrated by John Nettles.

    'Ytene' is an ancient name for the area now known as the New Forest. It was the site of the Jutish Kingdom and translates as "Jute", or "of the Jutes". An early Anglo Saxon tribe known to live in the southern parts of Wessex.

    Ytene explores the wildlife found in the New Forest in southern England. The woodland, bogs and heaths of the area are home to wild ponies, fallow deer, badgers, foxes, wildfowl, and insects. Seasonal changes are shown, and some elusive species, such as firecrests, hawfinches, woodlarks and tadpole shrimps are pictured.

    The programme is interwoven with historical re-enactments and describes the change in land use from mediaeval times.

    Filmed and Directed by Manuel Hinge
    Music by Martin Kiszko
    Film Editor Martin Elsbury
    Dubbing Editor Angela Groves
    Dubbing Mixer Graham Wild
    Unit Manager Christina Hamilton
    Production Assistant Elizabeth Toogood
    Field Assistant Len Mummery
    Sound Recordist Nigel Tucker
    Produced by Steve Nicholls
    Executive Producer John Sparks
    Originally broadcast in The Natural World series 1995

    This is the version as aired on BBC in 1995.
    Our thanks to The Natural History Unit for supplying the original master.
    Film upscaled by New Forest Gateway (Media Archive).
    11447 Views
  • What's New In The Forest (1974)

    🎬What's New In The Forest. Filmed by members of The Wildlife Society, featuring memorable footage of a working forest, as it was circa 1973.

    A brief history to describe the forest, then and now. A look at the various species of deer to be found. The geology. Forest law and the New Forest. Eyeworth Pond, a special place. A look at some of the more unusual Flora. The Forest Lawns and grazing. Common rights. New Forest Pony as a breed. Red Fox on a hillside and beware of Adders in the long grass. Setting up a filming hide on a Bullfinch nest. A pony drift. The Agister's responsibilities. The pressures of traffic filmed and described. Pollution and the proximity of Fawley Refinery. The Forestry Commission management. Timber extraction. Regulation of caravanning and camping. Draining bogs. The pony sales at Beaulieu Road.

    Narrated by Tony Askew

    Contributors:
    Jack Dalley Inkpen, Berkshire
    May Dalley Inkpen, Berkshire
    Ronald Downham Croydon, Surrey
    Angela Hughes Hammoon, Dorset
    Violet Maxse West Burton, Sussex
    Frances Murphy Hampton, Middlesex
    John Murphy Hampton, Middlesex
    Peter Nichols Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey
    John Norie Hicliffe, Dorset
    David Orr Redgrave, Suffilk
    Geoffrey Paulson-Ellis Headley, Hampsire
    Jane Paulson-Ellis Headley, Hampsire
    John Pitcher Epsom, Surrey
    Ricky Pitcher Epsom, Surrey
    Jack White ARPS Tifield, Berkshire
    Norman Wylie-Moore Heathfield, Sussex


    Featured Fauna and Flora:
    Adder
    Bog Aspendale
    Bogbean
    Bog Myrtle
    Bullfinch
    Cattle
    Common Frog
    Cotton Grass
    Damselfly
    Donkies
    Great Sallow
    New Forest Ponies
    Orchids
    Red Fox
    Spierwit
    Sundew
    Water Crowfoot
    Wild Gladiolus
    6126 Views
  • A House In time (1997)

    🎬Building a Cob house in a day. Filmed on the Beaulieu Estate by Meridian Broadcasting.

    Imagine the year is 1650, a young couple, Jacob and Catherine are about to get married, but have nowhere to live together. Their respective houses are already over-crowded. Up to 10 or more people would live in a Cob house 25 feet long and 13 feet wide.

    Hence the practice of erecting a house in a single day by the whole village for the newly-weds. A communal venture. Once the house was completed, the householder would treat their guests to a party of eating, drinking and dancing.

    But how was it possible to build a house in a little over sixteen hours, and could it be re-attempted 350 years later? The following is an account of an incredible day and a brilliant group of volunteers who made it all possible.

    Our thanks to the staff at Meridian Broadcasting in Northam for their help in sourcing this film.
    5185 Views
  • Forest Heritage (ESSO) (1952)

    🎬 The New Forest. A film exploring the rich landscape, people and forest traditions in the post war years.

    18th century Agisters and pigs with rights to wander are just some of the ancient traditions celebrated in this beguiling look at life in the New Forest. Less familiar sights are captured, too, such as broom making and logging, forestry planting and sailing on the River Beaulieu near Buckler's Hard. No film about the area would be complete, though, without the famous Forest ponies – who are seen here in all their equine glory.

    Filmmaker Roy Layzell made many films during this period including other local area films such as Pipelines Under Southampton Water in 1957.

    Clifton Parker was a renowned British composer. With nearly 50 feature films under his belt, including The 39 Steps in 1959 and Sink The Bismark in 1960.

    John Snagge (OBE) was the voice of the BBC from the war years to his retirement in 1980.

    Featuring John Snagge
    Music by Clifton Parker
    Filmed and Directed by Roy Layzell
    Original Cinema Release 1952

    The film was commissioned by the Esso Petroleum Company in 1952, just as they were establishing a new refinery on the eastern edge of the New Forest at Fawley, but Forest Heritage is entirely concerned with the natural beauty and traditions of the area: ‘A place out of this modern world where simple pleasures are enough – a miraculous survival of pre-Norman England’.
    5173 Views
  • Highball Bouncing Bomb Tests (1943)

    🎬A ministry film documenting 'Special Weapons' tests on the wall targets at Ashley Walk Bombing Range.

    Over 3,000 acres of Ashley Walk were fenced off during the Second World War. Within this area many types of air delivered bombs were tested. Special concrete structures were built to assess the various bomb's effectiveness. There is still visible evidence of these structures and the scars remain from the largest weapons.

    "Highball" was considered one of the smaller 'special weapons'. These tests were using actual size casings but without the high explosive. The footage here is thought to be from late 1942 and early 1943.
    3699 Views
  • At Home With Badgers (1978)

    🎬A look at Eric Ashby's commitment to the study & welfare of Badgers. Particularly those of the New Forest. Narrated by David Attenborough.

    It looks at his ground breaking approach to filming badgers 'close up' in a purpose built Sett. He encouraged wild badgers to visit his sett and use it as if it were there own out lying retreat.

    This is Eric's third noteable film for the BBC. Previous films: The Unknown Forest (1961). The Major (1963). Eric also wrote two books. The Secret Life of the New Forest (1989). My Life With Foxes (2000). Eric died on 6th Feb 2003.

    Narrated by David Attenborough
    Filmed and Directed by Eric Ashby
    Film Editor Charles Aldridge
    Sound Hugh Pearson
    Series Editor Mick Rhodes
    Produced by Caroline Weaver
    3572 Views

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