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Open Your Eyes

Should you look hard enough, you’ll be amazed at the antics that creatures get up to, says Dorothy Maxey, amateur filmmaker and naturalist.

Amateur film 1967 14 mins

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Naturalist and amateur filmmaker Dorothy Maxey observes the wildlife in her native Norfolk capturing on Super 8 film a variety of interesting flora and fauna, including at Thompson Common where ponies wade into the pingos and steal the heads from the water violets, and in her own back garden stumbling across wrestling toads. The filmmaker even recalls a story of nursing a poorly mouse following a frosty night by returning home with it to kindly warm him up under the grill!