KIELDER forest will feature in a new channel 5 documentary.

The series is called 'Secret life of the forest' and will broadcast tonight (Tuesday, November 16, 2021)

Kielder resident and University lecturer Cain Scrimgeour was approached for his expertise, having been a freelance wildlife film-maker for several years.

Being local to Kielder, this meant that Cain filmed much of the programme on his doorstep. During his filming he captured the wildlife of the forest and the work of the people who live there.

The filming took place over a year in 2020, during the height of the pandemic, and he felt being out in nature was of huge benefit to him during that time.

Cain said: “During the first three weeks of the lockdown I was tasked with filming at home, so I set up a tank to film the life cycle of frogs we had collected from our neighbour’s garden pond, to show the development from frogspawn to tadpoles.

"I also filmed birds visiting the garden, but luckily I gained key-worker status shortly afterwards and was able to return to filming in the forest.

“It was an interesting experience as most of Kielder was shut with limited staff and no visitors, I almost had the place to myself. Being out in nature was certainly a benefit, and without the distractions of modern day life.”

Cain hopes that the show will encourage more visitors to the area and inspire people to learn about their own local wildlife.

The four-part programme, narrated by actor, Hugh Bonneville, is set to be a tribute to Kielder Forest in Northumberland. Which is seen as a haven for wildlife, with the best dark skies in England and award-winning art and architecture.

Each episode charts the course of a different season, from winter through to summer.

Cain’s cameras capture the various wildlife residing in England’s vastest forest including roe deer, red squirrels, pipistrelle bats, otters, ospreys and more, as the woodland changes over the course of the year.

As the programme explores Kielder’s ancient settlements, legends, and hunting heritage, time-lapse footage unveils the lyrical beauty of its constant transformation.