A WILDLIFE cameraman has documented the mysteries and magic of Coventry’s War Memorial Park and is to publicly screen his short film on location.
Simon Watts’s film shows the 30 different species of plant, animal and bird that exist in the park.
The city resident, who brands his business as Wild Presentations, is excited about playing the film in its location of shooting, and hopes it will encourage more people to get outdoors.
His business has been boosted following an appearance on BBC programme Springwatch, where film crews followed Simon around for an average day in his life since he retired as a district nurse to pursue a new life in the great outdoors.
Labelled ‘Late Summer in the Memorial Park’, the presentation comes as part of Coventry Heritage weekend – and the performance will take place in the Visitor Centre on Saturday (September 10) at 2pm.
The free event is expected to attract people of all ages.
Speaking to The Observer, Simon said: “I can’t wait to showcase my work in Coventry and it will be nice to present a film in a location where the film is based.
“It will be nice as people can watch the film and then bump into something from the movie in real life just minutes later.
“I hope the presentation will help open a few eyes in Coventry and make people realise the wildlife that is out there.
“The film features some multicoloured fungai, woodpeckers, foxes, fish and 30 other species of animal, bird and plant.
“It will be an ideal day out for all ages – I say from nine to 90 but really anyone is welcome, I’m sure the toddlers will find it entertaining.”
The film itself is an hour long, and there will be opportunitues for visitors to ask Simon any questions about his work following the broadcast.
Simon added: “Since appearing on Springwatch there’s been a huge demand for the product and I’m delighted with how well things are going.
“I’m hoping to break into the Key Stage Two group soon and visit schools to let people know about the wonderful countryside which is out there.
“When I worked as a nurse I realised there wasn’t enough connection with nature for people who were in care.
“These films can hopefully break that barrier and the questions people can ask are limitless – I want people to feel the seasons and really get the spark for the countryside.”
If you’d like to follow Simon’s progress, you can follow him on Twitter @WildPresent.