One of the talents involved in filming the world’s greatest nature documentaries has traded the great oceans and polar regions for an altogether humbler filming habitat: a British outdoor dining area.
Doug Allan is an Emmy and BAFTA winning British documentary filmmaker and wildlife photographer and has filmed some of the most memorable wildlife scenes ever to be broadcast. Now he has teamed up with nature-friendly gin brand Warner’s Gin in Northamptonshire to create the world’s first wildlife documentary filmed entirely on pub grounds.
Harrington-based Warner’s Gin created this mini-series to highlight the nature that can thrive in the most unexpected places beneath us. The short documentary brings the same cinematic techniques used in blockbuster nature documentaries to chronicle a day in the life of a typical outdoor dining area. It captures ‘pub-goers’ of all shapes, sizes and types – from newts and bees to beloved British birds and butterflies, not to mention the myriad of other insects, wildflowers and plants in the pub garden, all alongside people.
The documentary can be viewed on Youtube.
The wildlife documentary at an outdoor dining area was commissioned by Warner’s Gin to officially announce its new “Nature Marque” initiative, which begins with an accreditation system. The documentary aims to show people how important these outdoor spaces are to nature and to encourage pubs to get involved in accreditation.
Created with support and guidance from The Wildlife Trust BCN, Warner’s Nature Marque is a unique accreditation awarded to pubs that have taken steps to make their outdoor spaces welcoming to both nature and people – such as planting Wildflowers and pollen-rich flowers, the installation of nest boxes and insect hotels and a hedgehog highway.
The wildlife documentary was filmed at the Castle Hotel and Pub in Bishops Castle, Shropshire, which has become the first of two pubs in the country to receive Warner’s Nature Marque accreditation – thanks to the efforts of their innkeepers to make their gardens nature-friendly. The second is Tollemache Arms in Harrington, the home village of Warner’s Gin.
Doug Allan said of the documentary: “My wildlife filmmaking career has taken me to Antarctica and the Pacific Ocean, but never to an outdoor pub in England. But a garden like the one we filmed in was just as full of nature and wildlife as any habitat I’ve filmed in. All the time we have been filming here in this pub we have never lacked in nature to capture on camera, even when the garden was full of people. It’s great to be a part of Warner’s gin documentary, which will change the way people view outdoor dining areas across the country and hopefully make a difference for nature and in turn for the planet.”
Tom Warner, co-founder and co-CEO of Warner’s Distillery said, “We want to promote real, sustainable support for nature. Tens of thousands of guest gardens are an untapped resource for biodiversity. Additionally, people are now aware of the environment and the need to protect it, so we expect pub-goers to respond positively when pubs do their bit for nature.”