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Filmed and narrated by EMMY and BAFTA award-winning wildlife cameraman Stephen de Vere, who takes a break from globetrotting to turn his lens on his own local patch.
This is what he discovered over the course of a year filming near an Oxfordshire village, including highlights such as hares boxing, fox cubs at play, sparrowhawks mating and baby barn owls inside their nest.
The film is a personal view, from behind the lens, giving an insight into what it's like being a wildlife cameraman - at the same time reminding us that you don't have to travel to all corners of the world to get close to nature.
Stephen's most recent TV credits were for `Yellowstone' (2009) and the landmark BBC series `Life'. He has also been filming for the forthcoming BBC natural history series 'Frozen Planet' (2011).
Stephen de Vere began his career as a wildlife cameraman with the RSPB and went on to work with the BBC Natural History Unit on many of David Attenborough's award-winning television series including `The Life of Birds' (1998).
For `Life in the Freezer' (1993) he spent a year living on the Antarctic continent filming emperor penguins for the episode The Big Freeze, which won EMMY and BAFTA awards for photography.
A wonderful portrait of a hidden corner of the English countryside, full of unexpected delights.... Stephen de Vere has reminded us just how magical our own landscape and wildlife can be. STEPHEN MOSS