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  • 1950s

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Reference number: 3457

Date: late 1950s

Sponsor: National Trust for Scotland

Sound: sound

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 13.22 mins

Description: Documentary about the island of Fair Isle situated between Orkney and Shetland, focusing on the life of the bird population of the island. (14 mins)

Shotlist: Opening credits (0.20) c/u of a map of Scotland moving onto a c/u of a map of Fair Isle (1.19) aerial shot of Fair Isle (1.55) shot of the Fair Isle mail boat the "Good Shepherd" in harbour at a pier in Shetland with supplies being loaded on, mostly cement (2.29) shots of passengers and a billy goat on board as they travel to Fair Isle eventually entering the bay and going to shore in a rowing boat (4.08) shots of Peter Davis and Peter Jones the wardens who run the Bird Observatory on the island which was set up by the National Trust, catching small birds in bird traps and ringing them, moving onto shot of the gully trap the largest bird trap on the island (5.33) brief shots of birds being weighed in the laboratory moving onto the birds being ringed and then being let loose (6.19) shots of the Sheep Craig and West Cliff tops of the island with the bird population followed by gv's arctic skuas on the nest, then performing distraction display; c/u skua chick (9.00) shots of Grey Atlantic seals in the water and the rocks (9.27) shot of one of the wardens ensnaring a puffin on the cliff side and then checking the ringing of the puffin and it's chick (10.30) brief shot of the two wardens cycling down a road on the island (10.38) elderly man with cat and dog standing outside the island post office moving onto gv's of the island (11.03) shots of sheep clipping/rooing in progress, during mid summer, with both men and women working (13.16) ecs (13.22)