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The Great Wood of Caledon  (1989)

Wildscreen Special Award, 1990

Known by the Romans as Caledonia, this vast area of hill and wood is the largest area of continuous old forest in Britain.  Once the haunt of wolves, lynx, wild boars and brown bears, four centuries of axe, fire and snow have reduced the forest to less than one per cent of its natural range.  But the Scottish Highland is still one of the wildest regions in Western Europe.

Most of the large mammals are gone, driven out by man as he destroyed the forest.  The last wolf was killed in 1743, yet within living memory of some of the forest's most ancient inhabitants.  The gnarled Scots pines, some nearly 300 years old, support some of Britain's rarest and most elusive creatures.

Winner of a "Special Award" at the Wildscreen Film festival "Panda" awards ceremony held in Bristol, UK, 1990

Film credits

Camera: Hugh Miles
Camera: Mike Richards
Camera: Oxford Scientific Films Ltd.
Dubbing: Ted Spooner
Editor: Lawrence Terroni
Editor: Jill Garrett
Narrator: Adam Watson
Producer: Hugh Miles
Production Organisation: Oxford Scientific Films Ltd.
Script: Hugh Miles
Sound: Hugh Miles
Sound: Bill Sinclair
Sound: John Kirby
Wildscreen Special Award, 1990
Wildscreen Special Award, 1990