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Handa - and its Birds  (1950)

An island sanctuary

An early film from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Handa - and its Birds explores the avian life inhabiting this internationally important bird sanctuary situated off the west coast of Sutherland in Scotland.

Following a small group of birdwatchers as they explore the island, the film features some of the most significant seabird colonies in the UK. The north-western extremity plays host to guillemots and razorbills that pack the ledges of the sandstone cliffs. On the eastern side, intimate footage looks at the nesting behaviour of the island's large shag colony.

Two years after this production, the RSPB formed its renowned film unit which went on to produce many award-winning programmes.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
Address: RSPB Film Collection
c/o RSPB Film Unit
The Lodge
Sandy
Bedfordshire
SG19 2DL
Telephone: +44(0)1767 680551
Website: http://www.rspb.org.uk/

Film credits

Production Organisation: Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
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New life on the cliff ledges
New life on the cliff ledges
An island sanctuary
An island sanctuary