The first two episodes of NatureScope‘s new nature documentary video series are now live. Prompted by danimations directors’ love of nature, biology and conservation, the channel endeavours to show Australian nature at its best. It also aims to prompt viewer engagement with conservation and habitat restoration efforts, and considers no plant, insect or animal subject too small or otherwise insignificant to consider and celebrate. The first episode features the flora and fauna of the Mark Oliphant Conservation Park, near Heathfield in the Adelaide Hills. The 200 hectare park is named after Sir Mark Oliphant, a celebrated South Australian physicist, humanitarian and environmentalist. Coincidentally, danimations studio is also located in the Mark Oliphant Building at Flinders University- such was the man’s impact on the state (he even became State Governer in the 1970’s, during Don Dunstan’s glory days). The video features Adelaide Hills icons the Western Grey Kangaroo and Koala, and a selection of bush butterflies, recorded during a Summer hike.
The second episode is a prelude to our forthcoming danimations documentary Cuttlefish Country which will explore the dramatic recent history of the giant cuttlefish migration to the upper Spencer Gulf each Winter. The human residents of nearby Whyalla are in arms at the moment, with various proposed industrial developments causing anxiety, deep concern and even anger over the future of the Point Lowly Peninsula. So powerful and timely is the story, that we have decided to release interviews from the film in short form, as we go. Each will be posted in the NatureScope channel, and we strongly encourage you to grab and share them with your friends and workmates. You can also help spur NatureScope along by watching and sharing our videos on Facebook, Twitter and anywhere else you share media. If you’d like to financially support our work, why not buy some photographic art or gift cards from our store on Redbubble? If you care about the Australian environment, its flora and fauna, help inspire others to do the same. Up NatureScope!