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Bellamy's Backyard Safari : Down the Garden Path  (1981)

Down the cracks of a garden path

In the depths of a suburban back garden, botanist, broadcaster and environmental campaigner David Bellamy explores the intriguing world lurking within the cracks of an ordinary garden path. Shrunk down to 5mm using ground-breaking macro-photography effects, Bellamy walks among slugs, millepedes and a multitude of moulds.

Providing sanctuary from drying winds, myriad life has colonised this sheltered habitat. Microscope work and time-lapse photography brings alive the variety of fungi, slime and algae that thrive in this minuscule and protected environment.

A pioneering project from the BBC's Natural History Unit, Down the Garden Path was the first installment of Bellamy's Backyard Safari, its fun and friendly format making it a huge hit with adults and children alike.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: BBC - Natural History Unit
Address: c/o BBC Motion Gallery
Room E251
80 Wood Lane
W12 0TT
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8433 2861 / 2

Film credits

Camera: London Scientific Films
Director: Paul Kriwaczek
Dubbing Mixer: Ron Edmonds
Electronic Effects: Dave Jervis
Film Cameraman: Keith Burton
Film Editor: John Billingham
Film Sound: Mervyn Broadway
Film Sound: Dick Manton
Graphic Design: Sue Rae
Music: Roger Limb
Presenter: David Bellamy
Producer: Mike Weatherley
Production Assistant: Heather Staines
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Researcher: David Williams
Scenic Design: Bernard Lloyd-Jones
Scenic Design: Pat Jackson
Studio Cameraman: Roy Bailey
Studio Cameraman: Dave Bowden
Studio Cameraman: Roger Bunce
Studio Cameraman: Tim Healy
Studio Cameraman: Jeff Oliver
Studio Cameraman: Dave Thomson
Studio Lighting: Mike Jeffries
Studio Sound: Norman Bennett
Technical Manager: Tony Bate
Vision Mixer: Stuart McDonald
Visual Effects: Peter Pegrum
Visual Effects: Roger Perkins
VT (video tape) Editor: Derek Orman

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