This film is part of Free

Mountains are their Home

A record of the birdlife of the Ystradfellte area and an introduction to a local farming family, the father being a skilled maker of wooden implements and walking sticks.

Amateur film 1964 21 mins

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Over a period of years, G Trevor Absalom and his wife visited the Ystradfellte area of Breconshire to film the birdlife, including the curlew, a bird whose numbers have decreased significantly in subsequent years. They also recorded rural life – shearing, harvesting, the Penderyn Sheep Sales - and the skill of a local farmer in crafting walking sticks and hay rakes from wood. Their film won best 'animal entry' at the first Welsh Amateur International Film Festival in 1969.