Film Project

Filming Wildlife at Three Hagges Wood-Meadow

Nick Atherton from Wild Studios Project Wild has produced this film guide for enthusiasts who are interested in filming wildlife.  The guide which is structured into six parts looks at basic principles, equipment, techniques, Three Hagges Wood-Meadow, filming wildlife and post production.  Many thanks to Santander Careers & Placements at University of York for funding this project.

Click here to download Nick’s guide Filming Wildlife at Three Hagges Wood-Meadow


Below are eight short films recording our development.

Film eight: April Showreel

In 2016 Nick Atherton, a then undergraduate filmmaker, who studied Biology at the University of York produced a film of the wildlife that lives in Three Hagge Woods Meadow.  This project funded by Santander Universities enabled us to have a record of accurate wildlife footage from our wood-meadow.

The filming project and funding was set up through the University of York’s Internship Bureau, which works with local businesses to establish project-based opportunities for its students and graduates whilst providing businesses with a talented addition to their workforce. You can find out more about the Internship Bureau here: or by

Santander Universities is the keystone of Santander’s social action and enable it to maintain a stable alliance with more than 1,200 universities and research institutes all over the world. More information at

Music credit: Bensound Music –


Film 7: Building a Bodgers’ Den in the Wood-Meadow

In this film Ben Chester explains the construction and management plan for our new Bodgers’ Den, a rustic wood-meadow workshop where we’ll be hosting training sessions in traditional  rural crafts. Wood-meadow breakfasts and summer barbeques are also planned so please check our events’ page for updates as details are confirmed. We’d also like to hear your suggestions for the Bodgers’ Den use so please send them to

Please remember that the wood-meadow has 24/7 public access so you’re welcome to shelter in the Bodgers’ Den during a visit; you could bring a flask of  coffee and some binoculars for a spot of bird watching.

With thanks to Ben Chester:


Film 6: A School Visit to Three Hagges Wood-Meadow.

Staff and puils from Escrick C of E Primary School and Riccall Primary School demonstrate the wonderful facility that the wood-meadow offers to support Key Stage 1 & 2 cross curricular studies. For more information about bringing your school group to Three Hagges Wood-Meadow  please see our Schools page here


Film 5: Using Green Hay as Seed


Film 4: Compost and Coffee with Bettys

This film filmed by Claudia Nye records a visit to Three Hagges Wood Meadow by volunteers from Betty’s Tree Group. In Autumn 2014, volunteers from Betty’s Tree Group came to the wood meadow to plant seedlings and then sow more seeds; the latter were recently planted in the wood  meadow at  the Betty’s Staff Planting Day in May  2015. More seeds were sown then and so the cycle continues…   Many thanks to Betty’s ‘Trees for Life’ scheme and their volunteers; the wood meadow has been enhanced for everybody’s benefit, and the wildlife is better off too!


Film 3: Picnic in the Meadow.

In 2014 we welcomed Friends, volunteers and the general public to an afternoon of food, fun, jazz, flora and fauna.


Film 2: Ancient Woodland Flora: the stale seedbed technique

[A Claudia Nye Film for Web, commissioned by Woodland TV]

This film shows how we sowed the meadow to help ensure that a diverse woodland flora will develop beneath the trees. Using a stale seedbed reduces the burden of weeds that otherwise would outcompete the fine grasses and perennials and provides a clean slate in which to begin establishing maximum floral diversity.


Film 1: Raising Tomorrow’s Ancient Woodland. 

[A Claudia Nye Film for Web, commissioned by Woodland TV]

In Claudia’s first film about Three Hagges Jubilee Wood,  Rosalind speaks about our aim to include a diverse ground flora in our new woodland, thus creating a whole ecosystem rather than a simple plantation.

Claudia Nye is an award-winning BAFTA nominated documentary film maker with over 20 years’ experience in the field of media.