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Award-Winning Wildlife Film-maker Releases New Rewilding Documentary
From Lisa Marley
10 December 2018

Award-winning independent filmmaker Lisa Marley has today (Monday, December 10) released Project Wolf, a new documentary following an experimental ‘human wolf pack’ in the Scottish Highlands.

Lisa Marley - Project Wolf
Filmmaker Lisa Marley’s documentary Project Wolf follows an experimental ‘human wolf pack’ through the Scottish Highlands. © Lisa Marley

The 30-minute documentary – which is now available to watch online for free (embedded below) – examines Project Wolf, a study run by charity Trees for Life. The scheme saw volunteers spending weeks in the Caledonian Forest, mimicking the behaviours and disturbance patterns of large predators, like wolves, in an effort to curb overgrazing of saplings and new growth by the native red deer population.

Lisa Marley - Project Wolf
Project Wolf © Lisa Marley

Lisa (27), originally from Aberdeenshire and now based in Bristol, was immediately drawn to the project after her mother sent her a newspaper clipping. After meeting with the charity, she knew that this was a story she had to tell and successfully funded the documentary through a crowdfunding campaign in early 2017, which was supported by BBC star and conservationist Chris Packham.

Lisa Marley - Project Wolf
© Lisa Marley

Lisa said: “It’s been over a year since I launched the crowdfunding campaign for Project Wolf, and since then I have been living and breathing this film. I am so thrilled to finally be able to share it.

Lisa Marley - Project Wolf
Project Wolf © Lisa Marley

“Although I’ve always had a strong affinity with the natural world, making Project Wolf has really opened my eyes to the history of the woodlands that I encounter, most prominently how many non-native species are widespread even in older areas of forest. It has been fascinating to follow Trees for Life’s efforts to preserve the ancient Caledonian Forest – maintaining our landscape’s wonderful natural heritage – in such an unusual way.

Lisa Marley - Project Wolf
Project Wolf © Lisa Marley

“When I ventured out into the forest to join the ‘human wolf pack’ I really didn’t know what to expect. I had no idea about the diversity of reasons that compelled the volunteers to become involved in the project, and how profoundly their time in the Highlands would affect them.

Lisa Marley - Project Wolf
Project Wolf © Lisa Marley

“Rewilding is a topic that is often misunderstood. It’s not always about reintroducing a species to an environment; it’s also about reflecting on the way we look at and interact with the landscape around us. All too often we become consumed by our phones and technology, however there is so much to be gained from reconnecting with natural world around us.

Lisa Marley - Project Wolf
Project Wolf © Lisa Marley

“Meeting the people involved in the study and uncovering the conversations that are happening around rewilding in Scotland has been an incredibly rewarding experience. I am so excited to be able to share that journey.”

Lisa Marley - Project Wolf
Project Wolf © Lisa Marley

Trees for Life chief executive Steve Micklewright added: “Trees for Life undertook Project Wolf in 2016 and 2017 with the aim of mimicking the behaviour of large predators to reduce deer browsing pressure on young seedlings in the Caledonian Forest fragments at our Dundreggan Conservation Estate.

Lisa Marley - Project Wolf
Project Wolf © Lisa Marley

“Early monitoring results showed that the volunteers were successful in disturbing the deer and moving them on – an important feature of the predator-prey relationship.

Lisa Marley - Project Wolf
Project Wolf © Lisa Marley

“We are grateful to the volunteers who gave up their time to work on this pilot project – and to Lisa Marley, whose film shines a light on the experiences of the volunteers during their time at Dundreggan.”

Lisa Marley - Project Wolf
Project Wolf © Lisa Marley

Project Wolf follows on from Lisa’s last film, Red Sky on the Black Isle. The acclaimed short documentary about the mass poisoning of red kites in the Highlands has been translated into multiple languages and screened around the world at scientific conferences and film festivals, including in Spain, France and the USA.

Watch Project Wolf for free online at Vimeo.com/lkmarley/projectwolf


Project Wolf

For more information, visit www.lisamarley.co.uk, follow Project Wolf on Facebook at www.facebook.com/projectwolffilm or follow Lisa on Twitter @procuriosity

Also see: BBC Star Supports Independent Wildlife Filmmaker as Crowdfunding Campaign Enters Second Stage

Visit/support: treesforlife.org.uk

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