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Introduction to wildlife television training course summer only

to register interest please click here for e-mail to enquire  

Advanced wildlife television training course by appointment

Also exclusive 'one to one' courses

(former attendees include some well known television presenter/film makers)

Do you have a passion for the natural world?

Are you determined, resourceful and ambitious?

Are you the kind of person who wants to succeed in wildlife film making?

Do you just want to make better wildlife videos?


Learn professional filming techniques and trade secrets

Learn how to use natural lighting to best effect

Learn the secrets behind successful story telling and script writing

Learn how to think like a documentary film maker

Learn in a relaxed, enjoyable and stimulating environment

DSLR and BBC accredited DRONE filming included if required

These courses provide a unique introduction to working in the wildlife television industry with a leading BBC wildlife film-maker. The sessions cover the essential aspects of wildlife film-making by learnjng first hand about the business. This is the only course run by a wildlife television producer working with the BBC Natural History Unit and recommended by them.

The venue is in the heart of the South Devon countryside, yet within easy reach by car, train or bus.

Andrew Cooper is one of the country's top BBC wildlife television producers with over 40 major productions and over 100 other programmes to his name. A biologist and anthropologist by training, his award winning television career spans some 35 years as a presenter, producer, director, script writer, cameraman and sound recordist. Many of his films rank among the highest rating BBC Natural History Unit programmes. He is the author of several best selling BBC books, a trustee of some of the region's leading educational wildlife charities and actively involved in wildlife conservation and education.

Andrew is also a popular and sought after speaker with a wide range of experience

having filmed all over the world, employing some of the top names in the business.

One of his latest productions with the prestigious BBC Natural World strand is the natural history of the badger, produced by Andrew Cooper and narrated by Sir David Attenborough. The film reveals previously unrecorded wild behaviour and was the first to bring high quality images from badgers underground

here at Church Farm.

The courses take place on Andrew Cooper's own farm and 40 acre private nature reserve, situated in the picturesque and historic Haccombe valley, near Newton Abbot in South Devon. A spacious conference room and large courtyard provide excellent facilities and the surrounding farm is a naturalist's paradise.

Courses are designed to offer a fun, informative and valuable experience, mixing with other people excited and enthused by wildlife films and the subjects that feature in them.

Teas, coffees and lunches provided each day.

We offer special rates for accomodation here at Church Farm when attending our courses.

Accomodation is subject to availability.


Booking and paying for a course as a gift is also available.

For the film courses no experience or equipment is required but most people bring their own digital cameras and tripods. Some professional equiipment - time lapse, miniature cameras and

digital sound recorders will also be available.

Small training groups. We do not assume prior knowledge.

These events are designed to be enjoyable and inspirational.
Book early to avoid disappointment - limited places

Introductory Wildlife TV Training courses

Summer only please call for availability

Advanced Wildlife TV Training course

one-to-one and exclusive groups by appointment

Download details of courses and Booking form in 'Acrobat' format


Both courses now include HDSLR cameras and essential equipment.

Also special 'one-to-one' courses available.

please enquire



Click here for wildlife still photography day courses

If you are interested in any other dates for wildlife video or still photography,

or creative art of story courses, please email for further information.


How about a group visit to historic Church Farm?

Click here for details


Recent notes from students on one of our courses that included

a surprise visit from a top BBC dubbing mixer:

'I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the course this weekend and how useful I found it'.....
'I have to tell you that I am more than convinced as a result of the weekend spent with you;

'I left Church Farm elated that I finally knew what I wanted to do with my life, and how I was going to make a difference. My drive back to London was almost certainly too fast...

... but I was buzzing!'

'Please pass on my thanks to your BBC colleagues - their contribution was invaluable - and to Jeanne for her hospitality and lovely lunches. I hope to keep in touch; but if that doesn't happen, I'd like you to know what a huge difference you have made. Thanks again'.

Click here to read some more testimonials from recent courses