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Bentley Wildfowl

A variety of wildfowl from across the world feature in this film of the Bentley Wildfowl Collection

Amateur film 1968 6 mins Silent

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This short film by Doreen Coombes takes us on an early spring visit to the Bentley Wildfowl Collection at Hallam in East Sussex. Here we see a wide variety of waterfowl, both domestic and foreign, including barnacle geese, black-necked swans, black swans, cereopsis and magpie geese as well as paradise shelduck and crowned cranes. We also see a peacock and a gaggle of happy camera-toting human visitors.

Doreen Coombes, who was a member of the Brighton & Hove Cine Club, made this film at Bentley House, while the collection was still being run by Gerald and Mary Askew, who bought the property in 1937. Inspired by a visit to the Wildfowl Trust at Slimbridge and by their friend, the Sussex wildlife artist Philip Rickman, the Askews decided to start a wildfowl collection of their own in 1962. Created on poor agricultural land, the Askews dug an extensive pond which allowed them to gradually introduce a great many species of waterfowl to the site. Today, the collection has examples from 130 different bird species with almost all the world's waterfowl represented.