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New TV wildlife series for people with hearing loss

University of Gloucestershire lecturer Mitch Turnbull – an award-winning documentary film-maker – has co-developed a new TV series commissioned by the British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust.

Over four episodes, Wild Visitors to my Home provides viewers with expert hints, tips and information, communicated via British Sign Language (BSL) by the presenters, about the practical steps they can take to attract wildlife into their garden.

The majority of the team behind and in front of the cameras for the series is deaf or hard of hearing. The series is being broadcast by Film4, Sky and The Community Channel, but is also available to watch online via the British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust website.

Mitch, a Lecturer in Digital Media at the University in the School of Creative Industries, developed the initial concept for the series with executive producer Louis Neethling, who is deaf, of Mutt & Jeff Pictures.

Mitch, founder and creative director of production company, Bramble Media, said: “It was an absolute pleasure to be involved in the making of Wild Visitors to my Home for the British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust.

“Louis Neethling contacted me to help him develop a TV series about British wildlife and how to encourage nature into our gardens specifically for the BSL community.

“The series provides viewers with lots of great advice in an entertaining and engaging way on how to make their homes more wildlife friendly.

“People of all ages find it immensely uplifting to get close up to nature, and the camera work and high production values featured in Wild Visitors to my Home has captured this absolutely beautifully.

“We even captured something on our camera traps that I have never seen in the 20-plus years I’ve been making wildlife films. You’ll have to watch the series to find out what!

“I’m looking forward to receiving feedback from students about their thoughts on the production methods and techniques, some of them specially tailored to a deaf or hard-of-hearing audience, that were used to bring the initial idea to life.”

Watch the show here