The Urban Wildlife Project is an interactive documentary created by Calum Jelf and Mat Ackerman. We aim to show the dynamic range of wildlife that people have right on their doorstep.
Bristol is well-known for its wildlife; from Cotham’s Foxes to the Peregrine Falcons in Castle Park. Our aim is to provide people with information so that they can understand, protect and encourage the wild animals around them.
The map has portals leading to the Avon Gorge, Ashton Court, Castle Park, the Floating Harbour and Cotham. Through these portals we look at wildlife including red deer, cormorants, foxes and peregrines. These species are a key component in the task of keeping our cities maintained, for example; foxes keep the streets clean by removing animal carcasses, the goats at the Avon gorge eat the fast growing bramble that covers the slopes letting the rarer plant species through to thrive.
We hope that you find this website informative and enjoyable to view.
For further enquires please contact:
Groups and organisations in Bristol dedicated to encouraging and protecting our Urban Wildlife
Bristol Nature Network
Bristol Natural History Consortium
The Bristol based artist Katharina Nyilas draws inspiration from the natural world. During February Hamilton House hosted Katharina’s exhibition looking into urban wildlife, poaching and pollution.
Katharina Nyilas comments, "Nature, wildlife and our environment inspires most of my work, which is of vital importance. My illustrative work is intricate, detailed and delicate, which is why I love to explore with screen printing, which by the nature of the process creatures much stronger bolder shapes and lines allowing my work to make a different impact.
The influence and control people have over our environment intrigues me and I like to research different aspects of this whether it happens to be regarding fishing policies, our urban wildlife, pollution or poaching.
I am also interested in re-using and recycling materials and so far have been experimenting with utilising them in my printmaking. I have used found wood, fabrics and ripped sheet off a billboard, which I found hanging billowing in the wind and littering the ground. I have also incorporated found and re-usable materials in the creative workshops that I run."
Calum Jelf – Director & Camera Operator
I found directing and filming this project rewarding, from the early stages of planning through to release, it has been a challenging experience. I was involved in all aspects of the creative process from organising interviews to website designs. In the future I hope to make more wildlife films as well as add more films to The Urban Wildlife Project. After gaining professional experience in my chosen field I aim to study on the Wildlife Filmmaking Masters course at The University of the West of England.
Examples of my work can be found at:
Mat Ackerman – Producer
Once completing my degree in Filmmaking and Creative Media at the University of the West of England I plan on entering the film industry, specialising in documentary filmmaking. I enjoy practical, hands-on work and am a big fan of the outdoors, especially as an active working environment where I am capable of working as part of an adapting and forward thinking team or independently, depending on the task at hand.
As the producer of the project I was responsible for organising and supervising the various contributor interviews as well as running the crew members and keeping the project in line with the directors overall vision.
Eliot Lynch – Camera Operator
I was one of the camera operators for the Bristol Urban Wildlife Project. I'm a filmmaking and creative media graduate from the University West of England. During my third year I specialised in camera, and have experience in many different types of productions including drama, and documentary. Aside from camera I also have skills across a variety of different post-production roles.
Josh Jotcham – Camera Operator & Editor
I am an enthusiastic and reliable camera operator who enjoys new challenges and working as a camera operator across the five films that make up the Urban Wildlife project has been a great experience. It has allowed me to explore my home city and find out about wildlife and places that I didn’t know existed.
Charlotte Mascilo – Sound
My contribution towards the Urban Wildlife project was as the sound designer/sound editor of the documentaries. I created the track which plays over the website, through this track I wanted the audience to have an idea of what they are going to experience when watching the documentaries, as there are peregrines, foxes and other city animals in the city soundscape. My other roles included editing the dialogue in the documentaries, removing the sound of the wind and mixing the final sound to the documentaries.
Find more of my work at:
Jordan Jones – Editor
I worked as an editor on The Urban Wildlife Project, cutting together the interviews with the 5 contributors to build informative narratives and also visual narratives from the captured footage of the urban wildlife.
Special thanks to:
Bristol City Council
Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project
Urban Wildlife Project is a web based documentary located in Bristol. The website hosts an interactive map of the city; markers are placed throughout the map. Each marker reveals a film about the wildlife in the area and each film has commentary from a local expert about the animals that the film covers. We aim to get people involved with the wildlife on their doorstep and encourage conservation and a better knowledge of the animals that surround us.
On the outskirts of Bristol on the rocky slopes of the Avon Gorge, animals are assisting with the work done by Bristol City Council. This animal grazing project was bought into action to save some of Bristol’s rare and native plant species.
Bristol’s Floating Harbour plays host to a dynamic range of wildlife. Gulls, Cormorants and Otters all call the Harbourside their home. The quality of waterways through the centre has been improving over the past years making it more and more hospitable to new species.
Castle Park lies at the centre of Bristol, the park is surrounded by shopping centres, busy roads and in the summer hosts a number of festivals. But on the opposite side of the river on the Old Red Brick Tram Power Station lies one of Bristol’s most impressive predators…
At Bristol’s Southern Edge lies Ashton Court, and hosts Bristol’s largest species of Wildlife. Ashton Court use the animals to maintain the land and they have been doing this since 1392.