Below you will find a series of my most recent projects, filmed and/or produced. The successful long-term conservation and survival of our landscape, and the animals which inhabit it, has always been my primary focus.
More and more I try to immerse myself in projects which allow me to tell the real story of how wildlife, human, economic and environmental elements come together.
The Year of the Salmon
For the International Year of the Salmon, we asked Sir David Attenborough for his views on the need to protect the species. We say that to save wild salmon, Governments across the Northern Hemisphere need to act now.
We will continue our current work on reforming unsustainable salmon farming in Scotland (https://bit.ly/2HxHZ9E) and improving water quality (https://bit.ly/2u4q2aQ), both vital issues affecting the health of wild salmon populations.
However, the greater support we receive, the more influential we can be. Please support us here: https://bit.ly/2O6lTMB
Produced by Byron Pace
The rise and fall of a Mountain King
Modern Huntsman presents a documentary filmed by Pace Productions. This film, dedicated to the Himalayan Tahr, is produced in conjunction with "The Rise and Fall of a Mountain King," a story written & shot by Byron Pace in Modern Huntsman Volume Two.
The decisions we make about wildlife and the environment cannot be isolated. We have to always consider the global context, and strive for a sustainable future. This documentary was filmed in June 2018. Less than three months later, the New Zealand government announced a mass culling of their Tahr population, which could decimate the world's only viable Tahr herd.
The IUCN list Himalayan Tahr as 'Near Threatened' as a result of the current decline in their native range of an estimated 30% over three generations.
Population estimates are their hundreds by native country, with the New Zealand population thought to be around 35,000. The current cull plans would leave just 5000 animals, with the possibility of no bulls within this number.
The Tahr is currently threatened in its native range and now persecuted in its only stronghold in New Zealand. This film was produced in association with Hard Yards Hunting.
Loch Maree - END OF AN ERA
This film was commissioned by Salmon and Trout Conservation Scotland.
What has occurred across the west coast of Scotland over the last few decades is nothing short of a travesty. We have been responsible for the systematic demise of a great natural resource, decimating the wild populations of salmon and sea-trout in order to support big business in farmed salmon. In the case of the River Ewe and Loch Maree system, the installation of a fish farm in Loch Ewe correlated with the decline of what was once the worlds premier destination for sea-trout in the world. Not only have we lost the sea-trout, but almost all the jobs its supported. This is the story of the demise of Loch Maree.
For more information visit: salmon-troutscotland.org/
IN search of SCIENCE
This film looks at research being undertaken by the German Game Conservancy, during a project in Scotland, to better understand how our use of the land affects wildlife.
A film produced by paceproductionsuk.com
A new film charting the exceptional array of species found by international scientists on an Angus Glens estate has been launched.
In Search of Science, produced by Pace Productions in conjunction with the Angus Glens Moorland Group, follows visits to Glenogil Estate by German conservationist Dr Daniel Hoffman and his team from Game Conservancy Deutschland.
In total, 98 different bird species were found at Glenogil, and the estate has been lauded for its land management which has led to it becoming a haven for biodiversity largely unseen in mainland Europe.
Daniel Hoffman said: “This is the third year that we have worked here at Glenogil and so far we've found 98 different bird species in this whole area. We wanted to show other estates, other countries in Britain and in the whole of Europe, that you can have this biodiversity only when you have the ecologically correct form of management in an area.
“When I was here for the first time it was amazing to see the biodiversity. We read papers and articles saying that species such as the curlew, a flagship species in nature conservation, are endangered in Britain but you can't believe that when you are here. We find golden plovers with a high population density, and even on these few hectares here on Glenogil, we find almost double the number of breeding pairs that you find in whole Germany. They breed here because the landscape is managed as it is.
“At Glenogil you have habitat management and predation control so the survival rate of our target species is so good. This creates a kind of donator population and other areas they will have benefit from the work that is done here. If you have an area and say, "Oh, okay, we do nothing here," then you will lose biodiversity, and that's what we want to show. We want to show that you have to do habitat management and predation control to have a high level of biodiversity from different species, all different species.”