Countryfile Magazine

Earlier this summer I did a months work placement with Countryfile Magazine in Bristol. The majority of my job was spent writing news stories for the website each day and carrying out research for articles in the magazine. It was great to be working with people with such a love for the British countryside and wildlife. Heres links to a few articles that I wrote…

http://www.countryfile.com/news/tyre-iffic-nesting-success-common-terns-preston-marina

http://www.countryfile.com/news/decline-bat-numbers-could-be-due-cold-spring

http://www.countryfile.com/news/study-hopes-solve-why-nightingale-numbers-are-dropping

http://www.countryfile.com/news/schoolchildren-reintroduce-eels-rivers-south-yorkshire

Gun Dog – Final major project

So, university is finally all complete and heres my major film project Gun Dog, that I’ve been working on this year. This film looks into gun dog training, gun making, the shooting sport and other aspects of the British countryside.  Please watch, share and enjoy! x

FINAL DOG DVD final

A documentary film focusing on the passion and dedication behind training gun dogs and the craftsmanship, skill and time it takes to make a sporting gun.The two forces are shown in action on a game shoot and the realities of the shooting sport are explored through the eyes of an ex- gamekeeper and gun dog enthusiast.Looking to the future we can see how young gamekeepers are trained in colleges today and understand their views on how the British countryside is managed.

The Royal Television Society Awards

On Saturday March 2nd I had the privilege of attending the Royal Television Society Awards for the North East and Borders at The Hilton in Gateshead. My film Born to Run had been shortlisted for the Factual Student Award category and although I didn’t win I soon came to realise that being shortlisted basically means you’re in the top 3 which I was extremely chuffed about. Having a clip of my film screened in front of a room full of programme makers and commissioners as well as the celebrities and presenters there was also an honour. Heres a link to the film below….

Born To Run from Ella Nodwell on Vimeo.

Borrowdale – Castle Crag



Its been a while since I’ve managed to get out and take some photos, mainly due to the amount of assignments in this final year as well as the weather being its usual Cumbrian self.  However, on Sunday I woke to a glorious and sunny 17degrees day, much different to the -1 and snow we had last week so a group of us decided it was about time to get into the lakes and enjoy what we have here before leaving in a few months.

We decided to head to Borrowdale valley and up Castle Crag which is an extremely scenic but relatively easy walk involving trekking up a lot of sliding slate. At the summit there is a circular cairn of slate atop of a rock outcrop with a memorial to the men of Borrowdale killed in WW1. This is the highest point of Castle Crag and the views of the valley below including Derwent Water are stunning, especially on the beautiful day we had.

I haven’t done any panoramics in a while so I decided to make use of the scenery and get some taken plus I’ve also included some of my other favourite photos of the day which ended in the perfect chips and mushy peas stop in Keswick.borrowdale1

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Markets and Cards

Its that Christmas time of year! So I went down to the local market in Penrith on Saturday to set up stall for the day and sell some framed photos, A4 prints and cards to raise some funds for my final major project and provide some Christmas gifts. Worked out to be a really good day, sold some bits and bobs and had loads of people interested in the photography. A doctors surgery in Bristol are now also buying the cards to sell to their patients so working on getting some new batches sent down to them soon. Heres a picture of the stall in the very glamourous cattle pen area.