Filming on our nature reserves
Our nature reserves have been used as locations by a wide range of media. The nature of requests varies widely and we are usually happy to accommodate them if possible as long as disturbance to wildlife can be kept to a minimum.
Location fees vary according to the length of filming (e.g. day/half day rates) and the nature of the enterprise, please find pricing below.
Please note: Night-time filming and requests for fires are never granted permission.
Drones are not usually permitted on our reserves but permission can be granted in exceptional circumstances. The use of drones requires permission. Please note that we will only grant permission for fully licensed and insured drone pilots.
Commercial photographers wishing to use nature reserves for location photoshoots - such as our ancient bluebell woods - should always seek permission - and stick to paths, ensuring bluebells or any other plants are not trampled (damage to wildlife or habitats has happened in the past and is obviously not acceptable).
A request to film on a nature reserve or other land managed by the Trust involves a location fee. The fee structure below is based on the scale of work and number of people involved. Each request will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis taking into account the impact of the filming on location and visitors and the perceived benefits to the Trust for participating in the filming. We reserve the right to charge for additional staff time on top of these agreed fees, should the filming operation require significant Trust involvement or overseeing. We reserve the right to refuse filming requests.
We are receiving a number of requests from film students. We wish to encourage film making under realistic conditions and if the wildlife will not be disturbed. We typically request donations in these circumstances as a goodwill gesture.
We welcome all hobby photographers on our reserves looking for the perfect shot. There is obviously no charge for such photography. If you do take any landscape photos of our reserves, we would love it if you would like to share those with us to expand our image library, supporting our work.
|Type of filming||
News and current affairs (related to our work)
|No charge||No charge|
|Student, charity or amateur videos||Donation||Donation|
|Documentaries, short films and educational material
(or news and current affairs filming not related to wildlife or our work)
|TV dramas, reality shows or entertainment||£300||£600|
|Commercial photography & video
(Fashion shoots, music videos, corporate videos etc.)