Filming and photography on our Nature Reserves

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Filming and photography on our Nature Reserves

Coal tit on camera - Bob Coyle

Filming on our Nature Reserves

Our nature reserves have been used as locations by a wide range of media. The nature of requests vary widely and we are usually happy to accommodate them if possible as long as disturbance to wildlife can be kept to a minimum. 

If you're not sure which of our reserves would best suit your requirements, please contact us to tell us more about what you are looking for, and we can advise what might suit you best.

Commercial filming

A request to film on a nature reserve or other land managed by the Trust involves a location fee. The fee structure below is based on the scale of work and number of people involved. Each request will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis taking into account the impact of the filming on location and visitors and the perceived benefits to the Trust for participating in the filming. We reserve the right to charge for additional staff time on top of these agreed fees, should the filming operation require significant Trust involvement or overseeing. We reserve the right to refuse filming requests.

Commercial photography 

Commercial photographers wishing to use nature reserves for location photo shoots - such as our ancient bluebell woods - should always seek permission - and stick to paths, ensuring bluebells or any other plants are not trampled (damage to wildlife or habitats has happened in the past and is not acceptable).

Drones

For the safety and enjoyment of other visitors, and to protect wildlife from disturbance or injury, we do not allow drone flying from or over Somerset Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves. The only exception being contractors or staff who satisfy stringent Civil Aviation Authority criteria, have specific insurances and have been commissioned or authorised by the Trust for a specific purpose to assist our conservation work  – and in these cases the activity is strictly controlled.

Our reserves are important areas for wildlife and many of them are used for breeding. These sites are sensitive to disturbance; for instance, birds may feel threatened by drones and abandon their nests.

Not-for-profit 

We receive a number of requests from film students and from charities. We wish to encourage-film making under realistic conditions and if the wildlife will not be disturbed. Therefore, depending on the nature of the request, we may be able to waive the location fee for these types of requests. However, you will still need to seek our permission before using one of our reserves for this purpose. 

In all cases, photographers and film crews wishing to use nature reserves for location shoots should always seek permission - and stick to paths, ensuring plants are not trampled and wildlife is left undisturbed.

Location prices

 

Using Somerset Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves as a backdrop for filming

 

Type of filming Half day ( + VAT) Full day  (+ VAT)
Public access reserve used as backdrop for filming £225 £375
Closed access reserve used as backdrop for filming  £300 £450
A particularly sensitive habitat (SWT must be present for ANY filming which takes place) £300 + £75 (+ VAT) for SWT staff time £450 + £150 (+ VAT) for SWT staff time

 

Species-focused filming

 

Type of filming

Half day (+ VAT) Full day (+ VAT)
Filming a species on our reserve with staff support to locate species £300 + £75 (+ VAT) for SWT staff time £450 + £150 (+ VAT) for SWT staff time 
Above, but with on-air credit applied (i.e. "We're at Somerset Wildlife Trust's Ubley Warren Reserve today, filming X") or equivalent on-screen written credit  £200 + £75 (+ VAT) for SWT staff time £300 + £150 (+ VAT) for SWt staff time
On-camera interview with SWT staff member with a species focus, on location  £300 + £75 (+ VAT) for SWT staff time £450 + £150 (+ VAT) for SWT staff time

Get in touch

If you're not sure which of our reserves would best suit your requirements, or to discuss your options further, please contact us by emailing kirby.everett@somersetwildlife.org or calling 01823 652 413.