Rewilding the Riverbank

  • Natasha Phillips
  • Natasha Phillips
  • Lawrence Eagling
    Director of Photography
  • Chad Hagan
    Executive Producer
  • Ben Goldsmith
    Executive Producer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Nature, Wildlife
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes 16 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 31, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Natasha Phillips

Tasha Phillips is an early-career director based in Cornwall, specialising in documentary shorts. After beginning her career as a marine biologist, her transition into film came through a passion for the communication of complex issues through engaging storytelling. She is a National Geographic Explorer, drawing on her endless curiosity and a forensic eye for detail to direct documentaries exploring fascinating stories from new scientific discoveries, to compelling natural history stories and modern social issues.

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Director Statement

Nature is in crisis, with many issues striking closer to home than we might think. 45% of British mammals are now deemed at risk, a quarter threatened with extinction. One of our rarest native species, the water vole, was once a riverbank regular but today it’s the UK’s fastest declining mammal.

This film follows an ambitious new project, aiming to bring water voles back from the brink, in a region where the species has been locally extinct for over 30 years. Following this challenging conservation story, we explore the difficulties of saving rare species and Rewilding the Riverbank.