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Ytene: England's Ancient Forest  (1995)

Echoes of ancient times

An intriguing exploration of the changing landscape of England’s New Forest, this fifty minute production delves into the history and varied ecology of an ancient and diverse habitat.

An intriguing celebration of the region’s unique and diverse wildlife, world-renowned producer John Sparks spent over two years working on the production, capturing some of the area’s most elusive species. The more familiar sights of fallow deer and the area’s famous wild ponies are interspersed with stunning close-up photography of rarer firecrests, hawfinches, woodlarks and tadpole shrimps.

This atmospheric biography examines the effect that varied land use has had on the resident flora and fauna, weaving in the history of the humans who have sought their livelihoods within this vast woodland. From the Saxons who christened it Ytene to William the Conqueror declaring it a New Forest, the production provides an insight into the relationships that have always existed between the forest’s numerous inhabitants and man himself.

Ytene: England's Ancient Forest is an engaging account of the land’s evolution, charting its progression from a sacred land where Romans’ feared to tread to a National Park, now embraced by millions of tourists each year.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: BBC - Natural History Unit
Address: c/o BBC Motion Gallery
Room E251
80 Wood Lane
W12 0TT
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8433 2861 / 2

Film credits

Director: Manuel Hinge
Dubbing Editor: Angela Groves
Dubbing Mixer: Graham Wild
Executive Producer: John Sparks
Field Assistant: Len Mummery
Film Editor: Martin Elsbury
Music: Martin Kiszko
Narrator: John Nettles
Producer: Steve Nicholls
Production Assistant: Elizabeth Toogood
Sound Recordist: Nigel Tucker
Unit Manager: Christina Hamilton
First royal forest of England
First royal forest of England
Wild wood of the canopy
Wild wood of the canopy
Echoes of ancient times
Echoes of ancient times