• Short Summary

    The disused lighthouse at Portland Bill is now a bird observatory.

  • Description

    Portland Bill, Dorset.

    M/S of birds in a hedgerow.

    A Volkswagen van pulls up in front of the entrance to the lighthouse. Tilt up lighthouse - good shot!

    Interior. C/U of feet going up the lighthouse stairs. A man and woman, Dr. and Mrs. Ash, emerge onto a balcony at the top of the lighthouse and look through a telescope.

    Inside the lighthouse, a woman makes her bed and goes over to a dressing table. The lighthouse no longer guides ships; it is a bird observatory with "all the comforts of home", the Portland Bird Observatory and Field Centre.

    L/S, from the lighthouse top, of men beating hedges covered by chicken wire to frighten the birds out. M/S of man inside the chicken wire cage encouraging a bird into a trap. He takes the bird, a goldfinch, out of the trap and examines its wings. Another man measures a chaffinch's wings before releasing it.

    The ornithologists featured are named in the paperwork as Dr. and Mrs. Godfrey and Tasy Landesdown.

    Cuts exist - please see separate record.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued / unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:34:16:00 / 01:35:42:00
    CP 420

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