Caught by the River

Lapwings at Catcott

14th May 2017

A film by Bevis Bowden:

“The Catcott Lows on the Somerset Levels is part of the largest wet meadow system in Britain and forms a part of the Avalon marshes. It is a landscape that is resolutely leaking back into its natural state. During the winter this landscape becomes the home to Lapwings: the focus of my film.

While remaining in the orbit of natural history filmmaking, I see this film as a collation of extended moments – Lapwings within a micro drama.

As you stare across the waterlogged landscape and watch the Lapwings flock, the origin of their name becomes evident – from the Old English hleapewince – ‘to leap and wink’. There are reverberations of the past here; the Tor at Glastonbury is a constant reminder of this.”

The music is a track called ‘The Intruder’ from the album Where We Were by Greg Haines. Available on iTunes.

With thanks to Nick Franglen