December 9 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 13, 2013
The big-skied wilderness of a north Norfolk wildlife haven is heading to Norwich for a “city break” to showcase its wonders inland.
The magic of Cley’s moody marshes will feature in a 25-minute film rolling non-stop for the next two weeks at The Forum.
It captures the nature reserve’s beauty, but also what it means to a range of people including photographers and artists drawn there by its special qualities.
Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s head of people and wildlife David North said: “Cley is unique, but why it is special is different to different people. It is very personal, but draws people back time and time again.
“For some it is the first sighting of a bird. Others are inspired to create a painting or to take up photography. For some it is just a wild place where there is peace, tranquillity and space where you can get some perspective on life - without having to know the names of the birds there.” “There is a special quality about the light, which changes through the season as its as magical in winter as it is in summer.”
The film has interviews, stills from a dozen photographers, and a stunning timelapse night sky sequence by renowned wildlife photographer David Tipling.
Mr North said: “We gave him the challenge of catching a falling star, and he got that in a meteor shower.”
The screen show: Cley Marshes, A Wild Vision is a collaboration between Norfolk Wildlife Trust and the Forum Trust and also shows the NWT’s plans to safeguard the wildlife for the future.
It coincides with the final push for a public appeal seeking to link Cley marshes with the nearby reserve at Salthouse through buying a 140-acre slice of land.
So far £600,000 of £1m target has been raised, but there is push to gather the final £400,000 by the end of the year.
Mr North said they were “optimistic and determined” over generating the balance.
Speaking about the film, he added: “We hope people will drop into The Forum for some wild inspiration - take a break, put their feet up and be transported to the wild landscape of Cley Marshes.”
The film will run continuously for two weeks in the Fusion gallery, from Monday September 16, 10am to 5pm. (Closed in the morning of Thursday 19 and all day Sunday 22).
For more about Cley marshes and the appeal visit www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk