Hillylaid Wetland Development – Wyre Rivers Trust video transcript

The video opens up with an aerial shot over green wetland, in Hillylaid, Thorton – which is North of Blackpool in Lancashire.

The Rivers Trust logo appears above the descriptive text:

“Hillylaid Wetland, Thornton, UK, Lancashire”.

This is followed by another aerial shot of the wetland in the surrounding area, including a road in the foreground, grassy greenland with some trees in the mid-ground, housing estate in the far right and a power station in the far left of the shot. The accompanying text says:

“This land is on the edge of an urban area, well known for having misconnected pipes from housing, which allow bacteria, phosphates and other chemicals to enter the river Wyre”.

This is followed by a 3rd aerial shot of a static caravan holiday park surrounded by a row of trees, next to the power station. In the distance there are fields and farmland. The aerial shot pans up and the river Wyre comes in to shot beyond the farmland. The river curves around the near-side farm land. On the left of the near-side land there is a large, winding stream that meets the river.

Next we see a shot of a car from a low angle with the Wyre Rivers Trust logo across the left side car doors in vinyl as well as the strapline ‘ from Bowland to Bay’. The website address is also on the doors, the website address is www.wyreriverstrust.org – (link opens an external website in a new tab). The car appears to be in a car park or on a road with roadworks or industrial cabins in the distance – presumibly close to the river Wyre.

This is followed by a shot of a pylon from the ground surrounded by trees and a metal fence to the right of the shot. The sky is blue with some cloud coverage.  The accompanying text says:

“Wyre Rivers Trust, supported by the EU Life Natural Course and partners, are hoping to give this site a new lease of life.”

The next is a shot of the wetland water and a muddy bank. We see the blurry reflections of 3 volunteers on the water. They are wearing yellow high vis jackets and wellies and are walking down the bank. This is followed by wide shot of still wetland water – which could be described as the size of a very large pond and smaller than a lake. The water is brown and surrounded by muddy banks. To the right of the water is a muddy bank which leads up to wet, muddy land which appears to have tyre tracks made by industrial work vehicles. Beyond this we can see wild grass, then trees. To the left of the water there is another muddy bank which leads up to reeds then a steep embankment covered in wild grass. The top of this embankment meets the edge of the power station. In the distance we can see a row of trees below 3 pylons leading out from the power station. This scene is framed by an overcast, cloudy sky.

Next next shot then appears to be taken from the side of the water with the reeds on, the reeds are in the foreground. Across the water on the wetland we can see an orange digger, next to a green tuck or tractor. Both vehicles appear to be on the grass section of the wetland. The orange digger is digging a pond, there were 2 ponds dug as part of thid project. There are trees in the distance and 2 pylons.

The next shot shows a close up of the orange digger in action. A man with sunglasses is operating the digger and releases some of the earth he has just dug up to the side of the hole he is working on. The digger turns back to the hole and we see another mound of earth collected by the digger.

This is followed by a shot is of a male volunteer looking on, presumably at the progress of the digger. He wears a white hard hat and a yellow high-vis vest. In the background there is a pylon close by.

The next shots show the the rich green vegetation of the wetland with trees in the background, proceeded by a long hedge line, then wild vegetation and reeds. The sky is now sunny without any clouds. We then see tight shot of a wetland ditch filled with fairly clear water with reeds towering over on the right hand side and wild vegetation growing low on the left on side. This vegetation is next to a farm fence with a grass field to the left and farm buildings in the distance.

We then see a close up of reeds gently swaying in the breeze. The sun is directly behind them in the bright blue sky. This is followed by a shot of many medium sized birds flying in formation across the blue sky from left to right. We see another close-up shot of reeds that appear to be filling the wetland water, this time the sun shines directly through them and sparkles on the water. This is followed by a close up shot of yellow wild flowers, covered in dew or water drops, then a very close up shot of some white wild flowers with a bee or a wasp collecting their pollen.

The accompanying text says:

“The wetlands will provide a number of ecosystem services, purifying the water as it runs through the wetland, as well as storing water during periods of heavy rainfall, providing vital flood relief in the Thornton area”.

The next shot shows a close up of the legs and feet of 4 volunteers walking through wild grass on the wetlands towards the camera. This section appears to be quite dry and they are wearing walking shoes and trainers instead of wellies. followed by aerial shots of the of the wetland vegetation next to an industrial business and wetland water surrounded by muddy banks.

The accompanying text says:

“Wyre Rivers Trust will be asking the community to plant up the area in Spring 2021.”

We then see a wide angle on the edge of the wetland, where the rich vegetation of the wetland meets an industrial complex to the left with wagons and vans parked in an overgrown carpark in front of metal buildings and a factory or industrial plant. The wetland also meets the power station towards the top right of the shot. The industrial plant or separated from the power station by a dense collection of trees.

The next shot pans down and right from the industrial plant over the wetland water with the muddy banks. The reeds and grass are to our left between the water and the plant. We can see the plants reflection in the water and one of the pylons in the background.

2 male volunteers in yellow high vis jackets and white hard hats are stood discussing and point at areas on the wetland, whilst the next shot shows the orange digger continuing to dig up earth on the wetland and place it in a pile. We then see another close up shot of a yellow industrial machine with tank-like caterpillar tracks stood still on the muddy wetland. We again see the industrial plant in the background.

This is followed by a wider shot of the green wetland with short wild grass . There is an expanse of water in the distance on the right which could be the river Wyre, with the industrial plant in the far left – separated from the wetland by thick vegetation and trees. We then see a wide shot of he river Wyre with the water flowing from the left of the screen off to the right. In the foreground up to the edge of the river is wild grass and perhaps reeds. Across the river there is farmland split into fields along a gentle gradient leading up to a building which could be a farmhouse. There are telegraph or electricity posts leading across the fields.

The accompanying text says:

“This is a part of the larger Thornton Flood Risk Resilience Initiative which will use natural flood management techniques like this one to reduce the flood risk in Thornton.”

The first closing shot is of the Wyre estuary with a small boat and a scattering of buoys in the sea. The sea looks like it is between low and high tide. Across on the shore there are a handful of white buildings surrounded by farmland and dense trees. The sky is a little overcast.

This is followed by a close up of waves lapping at the shore which looks like it is made up of a combination of sand and mud, speckled with small rocks. The last shot is a wide shot of a green and white boat moving from the left side of the screen to the right. potentially a fishing boat, with land in the distance where we can just make out residential and commercial buildings, further into the distance we can see hills.

The video finishes with a close up of running water on the river overlaid with the text:

“To find out more visit www.wyreriverstrust.org – (link opens an external website in a new tab).”

The last frame shows the logos of the following partners:

  • The Rivers Trust
  • Wyre Council
  • Wyre Rivers Trust
  • Life
  • Natural Course
  • Environment Agency
  • The Prince of Wales Charitable Fund
  • United Utilities